About Us

Allow us to take you on a journey of how The Recreational Flying Company came to be and where we are today.

The directors

The Company

...The RFC is owned and operated by:

Paul McKeown and Martin Power. 


Paul and Marty are highly experienced aviation professionals, each with over 20 years of flying experience. 


Originally from New South Wales, Marty took several jobs after completing his flight training, from skydiving and charter through to the highly competitive and demanding role of outback 'bank runner'. After a stint in the regional airlines flying turbo-props, Marty joined a large Australian airline where he rose to the rank of Captain, flying Boeing 737, Embraer 170/190 and later Airbus A330 Aircraft. Quickly recognised for his skills as an instructor, Marty has served as a training captain for many years, a position he continues to occupy to the present day.

A Queenslander, Paul began his flying in gliders before moving on to ultralights and general aviation aircraft. His first job was as an ultralight instructor on Drifters, a type he has had a long association with. Paul moved on to GA instructing and then spent several years in Northern Australia flying charter operations in remote areas in both piston and turbo-prop aircraft. Paul eventually joined a major Australian airline flying Boeing 737 and Embraer 170/190 aircraft. More recently, Paul has served as a 737 Captain for an airline operating to remote islands in the Pacific and another in mainland China. Paul has instructed pilots at every level of the industry and is a CPL and Instructor Rating Pilot Examiner. 

Both pilots have a passion for aviation and are bonded by both their friendship and their love of the air. Paul and Marty have a special interest in 'stick and rudder' flying and are motivated by the desire to share their skills and love of aviation with a new generation of airmen and airwomen. 

Paul and Marty ...know what it takes to make you a safe and effective pilot, no matter what size aircraft you fly.


But more importantly, these guys love what they do and they can't wait to share that feeling with you!

The Managers

David and Charmaine Lang are the RFC's General Managers, responsible for day to day operations and our business administration.


David has been in aviation for many years in both flight instruction and engineering roles.

Dave is a consummate professional who takes the time to do things properly. He is a caring and intuitive instructor whose passion for aviation and empathy for his students is evident by the amazing testimonials we receive.

Charmaine's journey into aviation began with her son Jordon, commencing his flight training with the RFC in 2017. Charmaine uses this experience to now inform families of the path they are about to embark on. Charmaine is wonderful host and administrator and is likely to be one of your main points of contact at the RFC. Charmaine is always ready to help with enquiries on course, invoicing and payments as well as general student welfare. Nothing is ever too much trouble, so all you have to do is ask 😉

David and Charmaine appreciate and understand the commitment and dedication needed from each student to achieve their flying goals but also the support they need from their family along the way. 

Together..David and Charmaine welcome you to The Recreational Flying company and look forward to the opportunity to have you visit for a chat.

"There are no shortcuts to any place worth going"

Beverly Sills

American Operatic Soprano 

Meet the team

Charmaine Lang

General Manager/ Administration and Accounts Manager



Senior Instructor




RA-Aus Instructor




Chief Flying Instructor

Pilot Examiner

Head of Operations Part 141




Deputy CFI

Deputy Head of Operations Part 141

Head of Airworthiness and Aircraft Maintenance



Senior RA-Aus Instructor

Aerobatic Coach



I.T. / Admin

Open 7 Days
Bookings Essential

Hanger AA Gympie Aerodrome Lobwein Road Kybong QLD

RFC Office Phone: 1300 351 509 (m: 0405 82 9996)

Email: fly@recreationalflyingco.com


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