Our Instructors

Chief Flying Instructor/ Fixed-Wing Type Specialist – Paul Redford

Paul is the Chief Flying Instructor and Aeroplane Type Specialist of Townsville Flight Training. He has been flying aeroplanes for 24 years. He is a CASA Australia ATPL Licenced Grade 1 Flight Instructor with Multi-Engine Training Approval. He is the holder of Command Instrument and Multi-Engine Class ratings.

During this time he has accummulated 4000 hours in command of aeroplanes with over 2000 hours instructing. He is experienced and endorsed in flying a variety of aircraft including the following;

Single Engine

  • BE 23,24, 77
  • Cessna 152, 172, 172RG, 182, 182RG, 206, 210
  • Piper PA 28, PA 32, PA32R


  • BE 76, Baron
  • Cessna 310, 402
  • Partenavia PN68
  • Piper PA 23, 30/39, 31, 34/34(T)

Airline Type Ratings

  • Dash 8

His total career has included 14 years as Flight Instructor based in Innisfail, QLD, Alice Springs, NT and Sydney, NSW. Over this period he has also flown several other single and multi-engine airwork and charter VFR operations including:

  • Flight Instruction
  • Aerial Photography
  • Tourism
  • Mail runs
  • Charter
  • Fisheries industry spotting support
  • Fresh food transport

Multi-Engine IFR operations include:

  • QLD and NSW Government Support
  • QLD and NSW Emergency Service Operations support
  • WA Resource industry support
  • WA Royal Flying Doctor Service Multi-Engine Piston Clinic-Run Contract pilot
  • QLD, NSW, WA Patient Transport
  • Charter
  • Island Hopping

Grade 2 Instructor - Trace Palmer

Trace has recently joined Townsville Flight Training as a Grade 2 Flight Instructor. Completing his training in New Zealand, his work experience includes 5 years as a flight instructor just south of Christchurch, and 2 years as a skydive pilot. Trace and his wife have moved to Townsville to enjoy the lifestyle our city has to offer.

He has a Design Feature training endorsement, and holds Multi-Engine, Instrument and Tail wheel ratings.

He has experience flying the following aircraft:

Single Engine:

  • Cessna 152 172 182 180 185
  • Piper PA 18, PA 140, PA 161, PA 181
  • Alpha 160

Multi Engine:

  • Partenavia P68