Gauranga Magriplis; AirShare Co-Founder and self confessed aviation nerd. Gauranga first realised his love of aviation when taking a gap year after after high school and travelling a lot! It was on a flight from Brisbane to Queenstown, New Zealand that the light-bulb moment struck. Fast forward six months and Gauranga had started a Bachelor of Aviation at Griffith University in Brisbane.
After graduating in December 2015 with a Bachelor of Aviation and bit of a spicy tab owing to the Australian Federal Government it was time to make that bill sting even more! In Feburary of 2016 Gauranga began flight training at Australian Wings Academy on the Gold Coast. There is nothing quite like learning to operate and fly an aircraft in and out of an international airport. To this day Gauranga is among the fastest people to achieve first solo flight in a tiny 8.5 hours (normally 12-15). In mid 2017 he found himself at the end of his flight training now holding a Commercial Pilots Licence and a Multi-Engine Command Instrument Rating both of which begging the question of what the hell to do next?
After a hunt to get a job as a pilot in the general aviation industry that was severely dampened by a bit of a Shark Tank addiction and a serious desire to start something amazing. He turned down a job offer and instead decided to intrude unannounced on the residence of good friend and now co-founder Jack Buscombe! "He climbed onto my roof and came flying through my window as i was playing the piano" Jack loves to recount. To which Gauranga always replies "Well you didn't answer your front door so what else did you expect me to do?". And the rest as they say is history!