Our Pilots

Nick Pratt

Chief Pilot

Nick is the Chief Pilot of ZephAir Australia. He has been in the aviation industry for 12 years. He is a CASA CPL Licenced Grade 1 Multi-Engine Flight Instructor with passes in all of his ATPL theory subjects. He is the holder of Multi-Engine Instrument and Multi-Engine Class ratings. Nick also holds a NZ CPL(A) as he operated a C310R in New Zealand for aerial survey operations. Nick ferried the C310 from Brisbane to New Zealand - that's a lot of water!

During his time in the aviation industry, Nick has worked in positions ranging from baggage handling, check-in agent, airport duty manager, flight attendant, safety manager, contract manager, HAAMC and pilot. He is experienced and has experience flying a variety of aircraft including the following;

Single Engine

  • Cessna 150, 152, 172, 177RG, 182, 182RG, 206, 210

  • Piper PA 22, PA28, PA28R, PA32, PA32R

  • Beechcraft A36 (Bonanza)
  • Rockwell AC11 (Commander 114)

Multi-Engine

  • Cessna 310R, 310H

  • Beechcraft Baron BE55
  • Partenavia PN68

  • Vulcanair PN68C

  • Piper PA 34/34(T)

  • Piper PA31 Navajo

His career has included working at two different flying schools, one being an RTO specialising in Aviation Diplomas. Over this period he has also flown several other single and multi-engine airwork and charter operations including:

  • Flight Instruction

  • Charter

  • Aerial Survey

  • Aerial Photography

  • Tourism


Shannon Samarasekera

Charter Pilot

Shannon has been in the aviation industry for over 7 years and is our dedicated Charter Pilot as well as a Grade 3 Flight Instructor holding Multi-Engine and Instrument Training approvals. Shannon has passes in all ATPL theory subjects.

During Shannon’s aviation career he has worked as an Instructor, Skydive Pilot and before joining us he gained valuable experience as a Multi-Engine Charter Pilot out west. Shannon previously worked in the Financial Services industry for several years (holding a Bachelor of Business degree) before following his dream of a career in aviation.

Shannon has flown the following aircraft:

Multi-Engine Aircraft:

  • Piper Chieftain/Navajo (PA31)
  • Beechcraft Baron (BE55)
  • Cessna 310 (C310)
  • Piper Seneca (PA34)
  • Partanavia (P68B)

Single Engine:

  • Cessna 208 (Caravan)
  • Cessna 172, 182, 210
  • Mooney M20J
  • Piper PA28, PA38