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Learn To Fly

Here at Learn To Fly Melbourne, we believe that learning to fly should be within your capacity and budget. Our mission is simple: to make flight training more affordable and more accessible.

Using modern aircraft, state-of-the-art facilities and highly experienced flight instructors, we provide you with cost-effective training that allows you to reach your flying goals faster. We are currently the only Victorian flight school to offer flight training in Diamond aircraft, with our fleet including both the single-engine Diamond DA40 and twin-engine Diamond DA42.

We train everyone from novices through to advanced pilots. Most importantly, our flexible course options and dedicated team help to make your flight training process as simple as possible, from the time you start building flying hours on day one. There has never been a better place to start your flight training journey. We have partnered with industry experts and several major airlines globally to offer our students flexible, realistic and achievable career pathways in aviation.

Moorabbin Airport

Training Facilities

Our home base is at Melbourne’s Moorabbin Airport, a Class D controlled airspace and one of the busiest flight training airports in Australia. Our state-of-the-art training facility covers 4,000sqm including classrooms, simulator rooms, direct airside access, 20 aircraft parking spaces, and our own maintenance hangar. We can accommodate more than 150 student pilots training with us at the same time. Explore our Learn To Fly Melbourne Campus through a full 360 degree Virtual Tour. To look around, click and drag your mouse.

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Our Flight Training Team

To bring out your best as a pilot, you need the best training from the best instructors and support staff. Our Learn To Fly flight training team comes from a diverse range of aviation backgrounds with extensive experience and unsurpassed knowledge across all areas of flying and instructing. We have Grade 1, 2 and 3 flight instructors as well as instructors that specialise in advanced training for additional ratings and endorsements. We also have aviation career specialists who can help guide you on your pathway beyond your initial training.

David Pilkington

Grade 1 Instructor

Training:
Aerobatics, Spinning & More

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David Pilkington

Grade 1 Instructor

Dave Pilkington is possibly one of the most experienced Aerobatics and Spinning Flight Instructors in Australia. He completed his initial Aerobatic Endorsement in 1972, and has built an incredible amount of accolades and achievements since then. In 1979 he received his 500ft Aerobatic Approval and Formation Aerobatics Approval, and that same year was crowned National Aerobatic Champion in the Advanced Category. He was approved to teach Advanced Aerobatics in the Pitts S-2A aircraft in 1980.

He obtained his Flight Instructor Rating in 1995, and is now a Grade 1 Flight Instructor with examiner authority for Aerobatics & Spinning Training Endorsements. In 2019 he was awarded the RAeS/Australian Flying WINGS Award for Flight Instructor of the Year. He has even published his own book on aerobatic training titled Aerobatics Down Under.

Dave’s aviation career CV includes Vice President of Engineering and Production Flight Test/Demo Pilot for Pitts and Husky aircraft at Aviat Aircraft in the USA, Chief Engineer at Boeing Australia, and a role with GKN Engineering Services working on the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II airframe design. More recently he has worked in part-time roles with GippsAero and Icon Aircraft, and of course Flight Instructing.

We don’t have enough room to list each aircraft type that Dave has flown, but it includes a huge range of both aerobatic and recreational/training planes. He has even home-built and flown his own Laser aircraft and has his own Super Decathlon, which he conducts training in for the Aerobatics and Spinning Endorsement, Aerobatics and Spinning Training Endorsement, and UPRT Training.

We’re thrilled to have Dave training our students – don’t miss your chance to fly with one of Australia’s most prolific aerobatic pilots!

Stephen Kong

Training Manager | Grade 1 Instructor

Training:
Multi-Engine, RPL, PPL, CPL & more

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Stephen Kong

Training Manager | Grade 1 Instructor

Grade 1 Flight Instructor Stephen Kong was born in Malaysia and grew up in Melbourne with a fascination for planes and aviation. He has been flying since 2013 and completed his flight training right here at Moorabbin Airport.

After completing his training, Stephen spent a number of years working as a Flight Instructor at Moorabbin. His instructor role saw him heavily involved in the training of airline cadets before he eventually joined a major Asian airline himself as a pilot.

As a pilot, Stephen loves the unique views of the world he gets to see from above. He’s looking forward to working with student pilots again, and we are thrilled to have his extensive aviation experience here at Learn To Fly.

Lawrence Byrnes

Grade 1 Instructor

Training:
Multi-Engine, Formation, Aero & more

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Lawrence Byrnes

Grade 1 Instructor

Grade 1 Flight Instructor Lawrie Byrnes has a LOT of aviation experience, having been flying for over 50 years! He grew up in Melbourne and was always fascinated with model aeroplanes as a youngster.

It wasn’t until later on when he was being escorted around Vietnam in C130 Hercules aircraft that he truly realised that the pilot life was his calling. His career has seen him flying for regional airlines and charter in an impressive range of aircraft that includes the Mitsubishi MU-2, Douglas DC3, Cessna Citation, Beechcraft 1900 and Piper PA31 Navajo.

Lawrie loves striving for accuracy in his flying, and after his extensive career, he has turned his attention to Aerobatics, Formation and IFR. We’re thrilled to have such an experienced pilot on board to head up our Formation and Aerobatics Endorsement courses.

Joshua Best

Student Training Manager | Grade 1 Instructor

Training:
Multi-Engine, FIR, IFR, CPL & more

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Joshua Best

Student Training Manager | Grade 1 Instructor

Josh started his flying training at age 16 but was born with aviation in his blood. He remembers flying around the Victorian Gippsland region in Cessna 172s with his grandfather as a small child, as well as regular trips to some of the larger airports to watch the “big planes” coming and going.

As a Flight Instructor, Josh loves the fact that every day there is something different to teach. He’s also a big fan of the fact that typically, every customer or student leaves with a smile on their face after flying.

Whilst Josh would one day love to fly in a domestic passenger transport role, his ultimate goal is to join the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Cameron Mitchell

RAAus CFI | Grade 1 Instructor

Training:
RPC, RPL, PPL, CPL, FIR & more

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Cameron Mitchell

RAAus CFI | Grade 1 Instructor

Cameron Mitchell is both our Ra-Aus Chief Flight Instructor for Recreational Aviation, and a Grade 1 Flight Instructor.

Cam was allegedly fairly close to pursuing a career as a Sky Diving Instructor, and we’re glad that he changed his mind to instead teach people how to stay INSIDE the aircraft while it’s flying. His students here at Learn To Fly seem pretty happy about that as well.

Over his 9 year aviation career, Cam has built close to 2,000 hours flying planes (and not jumping out).

Jacqui Armstrong

FIR Training Manager | Grade 1 Instructor

Training:
Multi-Engine, FIR & more

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Jacqui Armstrong

FIR Training Manager | Grade 1 Instructor

Grade 1 Multi-Engine IFR Flight Instructor Jacqui Armstrong has more than 15 years of experience as a pilot. Her career began in 1999 and has seen her fly a range of aircraft in both charter and regional airline roles around Australia.

Jacqui grew up in Melbourne with aviation in her veins, with her father holding a pilot licence. Her grandfather built and flew his own aircraft, which is now on display at the Australian National Aviation Museum at Moorabbin Airport. With a family of her own now, we think there’s a fair chance the tradition may continue!

As a flight instructor, Jacqui loves watching her students’ faces light up when they pass a flight test. Her ideal aviation role is the one that allows her to build her career and spend time with her family. Or the one that allows her to captain the space shuttle into orbit.

Nick Harris

Head of Operations | Grade 1 Instructor

Training:
Multi-Engine, CPL, Formation & more

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Nick Harris

Head of Operations | Grade 1 Instructor

Originally from London, Senior Base Pilot and Grade 1 Flight Instructor Nick Harris has been flying for over 12 years. He tells us that it “seemed like a good idea at the time” to become a pilot, but we think that maybe it had more to do with growing up watching the Concorde take off over his house (um, that’s pretty awesome).

As an instructor, Nick loves seeing how excited students get after their first solo, or after passing their flight test.

He hopes to one day fly a Tiger Moth around Australia – and in fact, he’s actually building one at the moment to do just that!

Brendan Morgan

Flight examiner | Grade 1 Instructor

Training:
Multi-Engine, FIR & more

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Brendan Morgan

Flight examiner | Grade 1 Instructor

Brendan Morgan is a Grade 1 Multi-Engine IFR Flight Instructor and Flight Examiner with Learn To Fly.

He has a wealth of experience in the aviation sector that includes more than 12,500 hours of flying (including flying Pilatus PC12 aircraft for the Royal Flying Doctor Service), and over 6,000 hours instructing.

Raymond He

Grade 2 Instructor | RAAus Instructor

Training:
RPC, RPL, PPL, CPL & more

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Raymond He

Grade 2 Instructor | RAAus Instructor

Grade 2 Flight Instructor Raymond He is Melbourne born and raised, he has been flying for nearly 4 years.

Like many pilots, he was instantly hooked on flying after experiencing the thrill of take-off in an airliner as a child.

As a Flight Instructor at LTF, Raymond loves to teach people something they’re passionate about and then see them progress through their training, whilst also expanding his own aviation knowledge. He’d one day love to be sitting in the left seat of a jet airliner sipping on some coffee.

Summer Russell

Grade 2 Instructor

Training:
RPL, PPL, CPL & more

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Summer Russell

Grade 2 Instructor

LTF Grade 2 Flight Instructor Summer Russell grew up west of Melbourne in the city of Geelong, and began her pilot journey at the start of 2018. During her final year at high school she went on a Trial Introductory Flight out of Lethbridge Airport, and was immediately hooked on flying.

After finishing her school studies she went on to complete a Diploma of Aviation, immediately followed by a Flight Instructor Rating course with us here at Learn To Fly. As an Instructor, Summer looks forward to passing on her knowledge to the next generation of pilots as they grow and learn, beginning their own aviation journeys.

Excited to see where her pilot career takes her, she would one day love to join a major airline. At this early stage though, Summer is keen to focus on making the most of each rewarding step as she builds her flying skillset, and enjoying the unique perspective of the world that only a pilot gets to see every day.

Chun Ki (Peter) Cheung

Grade 2 Instructor

Training:
RPL, PPL, CPL & More

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Chun Ki (Peter) Cheung

Grade 2 Instructor

Chun Ki started flying in July 2018, right here at Learn To Fly. We have watched him progress through his CPL training, followed by a Multi-Engine Command Instrument Rating and Flight Instructor Rating. He is the first student to have joined the team having completed every single part of their training with us, and we are very excited to have him on board.

Originally from Hong Kong, Chun Ki has always been fascinated by the sky. After initially starting to study a different degree after high school, he realised quickly that his dream was to become a pilot. At age 18, on his own, he bought himself a plane ticket to Melbourne, organised accommodation, and booked in to start training with LTF – and the rest is history!

Whilst becoming an airline pilot in the future is the long-term dream, right now Chun Ki is focused on enjoying every step of his journey as he continues to learn. We look forward to watching his career grow as well!

Clement Suen

Grade 2 Instructor | RAAus Instructor

Training:
RPC, RPL, PPL, CPL, NVFR & more

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Clement Suen

Grade 2 Instructor | RAAus Instructor

Originally from Hong Kong, Clement moved to Sydney when he was 18 to study a Bachelor of Aviation Degree, followed by a Flight Instructor Rating in Melbourne.

He made up his mind to become a pilot after being captivated by the roar of the engines, and being pushed back in his seat during take-off in an airliner as a child.

The things Clement loves most about his role include following the progress of his students, and enjoying the incredible scenery that only pilots get to see. He’d love to one day be flying jets or turbo-props for an international carrier.

Alex Di Gregorio

Grade 2 Instructor

Training:
RPL, PPL, CPL & more

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Alex Di Gregorio

Grade 2 Instructor

Melbourne born and raised, Alex grew up with a love for all things aviation and started flying in 2016.

As a Grade 2 Flight Instructor at Learn To Fly he enjoys watching his students go solo for the first time, pass their exams and ultimately achieve their aviation dreams.

Alex is loving his role as a Flight Instructor at the moment, but future pilot career aspirations include possibly flying with an airline or the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Jed Joven

Grade 2 Instructor

Training:
RPL, PPL, CPL & More

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Jed Joven

Grade 2 Instructor

Jed grew up right next to the international airport at Cebu in the Philippines. When he saw an aircraft’s lights on final approach, he’d hop on his bike and rush to the airport fence to see the landing. He caught the aviation bug at a very early age, and also spent many hours on flight sims.

After moving to Melbourne at age 16, Jed spent as much time flying on weekends as he could whilst finishing high school, and then went on to complete the Swinburne aviation program where he obtained a degree in aviation. He loves the dynamic environment that being a flight instructor offers, and the fact that he gets to teach what he loves most.

8 years into his pilot career and as a flight instructor, Jed loves teaching others about what he loves most, and his future career aspirations include becoming a cargo pilot and/or flying turbo-props around the Philippines.

Ahmed Ibrahim

Safety Manager | Grade 2 Instructor

Training:
Multi-Engine, IFR, FIR & more

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Ahmed Ibrahim

Safety Manager | Grade 2 Instructor

Grade 2 Multi-Engine IFR Flight Instructor Ahmed Ibrahim has been flying for over 20 years. As a child growing up in Cairo, Egypt, he always wanted to be a pilot and loved looking down at the terrain far below every time he flew.

Ahmed has always enjoyed instructing and teaching throughout his career. 5 years ago he decided to combine his hobby and passion to become a full-time instructor.

As an ultimate pilot career goal, he would love to one day own his own flying school teaching next generation ATPLs and specialising in high-performance aircraft instruction.

Stefano Liucci

Grade 3 Instructor

Role:
RPL, PPL, CPL & More

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Stefano Liucci

Grade 3 Instructor

Melbourne born and raised, LTF Grade 3 Instructor Stefano Liucci started flying straight after finishing high school in 2017 by studying and completing a Bachelor of Aviation program. Having always loved to travel, he initially saw flying as a means to see the world.

Once he began to learn to fly though, he realised that being a pilot offered so much more than what he initially thought. He loved the liberating feeling and thrill of sitting in the cockpit and being in control of an aircraft in flight, taking in the unique views of the world below.

As a Flight Instructor, Stefano enjoys being able to assist students with the same passion for flying as he had when he was training to reach their own aviation goals. Eventually he would love to fly for a major airline, and then an ultimate goal would be to finish his career flying scenic flights around Italy, a country with which he shares family heritage.

Brett Martin

Grade 3 Instructor

Role:
RPL, PPL, CPL & More

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Brett Martin

Grade 3 Instructor

Grade 3 LTF Instructor Brett Martin was born and raised on the Mornington Peninsula, a beautiful coastal area south-west of Melbourne that he’s now lucky enough to fly over as part of his job!

After completing a Trial Introductory Flight at Tyabb Airport, Brett was immediately hooked – and once he had begun his studies to become a pilot, he simply couldn’t see himself doing anything else for a career. He hopes to work towards becoming a Grade 1 Flight Instructor, and would one day love to be flying airliners.

From Brett: “The part of flying I love the most is the feeling of freedom once you leave the ground. It’s something that will never ever get old.”

Eric Sim

Grade 3 Instructor

Role:
RPL, PPL, CPL & More

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Eric Sim

Grade 3 Instructor

LTF Gr3 Flight Instructor Eric Sim was born in Malaysia and moved to Australia when he was 3. He always held a fascination for aviation – in particular the inner workings of an aircraft and what it takes to manage such complex machinery.

He has been flying for over 6 years now, having started his flight training in 2016 right here at Moorabbin Airport. The thing Eric loves the most about aviation is the fact that you never stop learning. Even after you feel as though you have mastered a particular aircraft or area of flying, there’s always new challenges or new perspectives to consider.

Eric’s goal is to hopefully work towards a role with the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS): “I believe their work not only challenges team members as individuals, but they also provide rural communities with a critical service which would otherwise be impractical to deliver by any other means.”

Paul Wydymus

Grade 3 Instructor

Role:
RPL, PPL, CPL & More

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Paul Wydymus

Grade 3 Instructor

Melbourne born and raised, LTF Gr3 Instructor Paul Wydymus started flying in 2016, and has been flying commercially since 2019. As a small child he was captivated by flying, and his passion for aviation continued to grow as he got older.

Key moments in his developing love for aviation included an experience flying in the B737 simulator at the Qantas Flight Training Centre in 2012, and then taking the controls of an aircraft for the very first time during a Trial Introductory Flight in 2013 – the latter of which really cemented his goal of becoming a pilot.

Now as an instructor, Paul’s passion and sense of pride is in putting in the effort to see his students improve with patience and perseverance, learn important new pilot skills and ultimately achieve milestones in their training.

Paul’s long-term goal is to work towards flying in an aeromedical role for the RFDS if the opportunity arises. At this stage though, he is just enjoying each and every aspect of flying and appreciating the fact that he is able to pursue something he is so passionate about. We are thrilled to have Paul join the LTF Flight Instructor Team!

Calum Morgan

Grade 3 Instructor

Training:
RPL, PPL & CPL & More

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Calum Morgan

Grade 3 Instructor

Calum was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and immigrated to Melbourne in 2012 at age 14. Still in high school and unsure what path he wanted to take with his career, a short flight around the city in 2016 changed everything. It was at that point that Calum knew he wanted to pursue aviation one way or another.

He started flying once or twice a week whilst still at school, also working different jobs to try and save more money to fly. He was even looking at options to continue his flying overseas, when he stumbled upon Learn To Fly and immediately felt like this was the place he was looking for.

Calum completed his Flight Instructor Rating (FIR) here at LTF, and we’re thrilled to welcome him to the team. He’s still unsure about exactly where his aviation journey will take him, but right now he is enjoying every moment. From Calum:

“The brilliant thing about this industry is that regardless of whether you are instructing, flying an Airbus or chartering twins in the outback, you are reminded every day what a pleasure it is to sit behind the controls of an aircraft. Every flight I am met with new scenarios, and I get to learn from these each time.”

Abhishek Khanna

Grade 3 Instructor

Training:
RPL, PPL & CPL & More

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Abhishek Khanna

Grade 3 Instructor

LTF Grade 3 Flight Instructor Abhishek Khanna was born in India and moved to Australia at age 11. He caught the aviation bug early, when he was invited into the cockpit of an airliner at age 4, and completed his Commercial Pilot Licence in 2018.

As a Flight Instructor, Abhishek enjoys the satisfaction of helping student pilots achieve their aviation goals, and seeing them progress due to his direct input.

He’s one day love to fly an airliner, and can’t wait to marvel at the views from cruising altitude.

Kenny Won

Grade 3 Instructor

Training:
RPL, PPL, CPL & More

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Kenny Won

Grade 3 Instructor

Grade 3 LTF Instructor Kenny Won is originally from Korea and grew up in Hong Kong, and was fascinated by planes from a young age. He still clearly remembers a visit to the cockpit of an Airbus A320 during a flight when he was about 7 or 8 years old, and making the decision that this was what he wanted to do in the future.

Kenny started flying in 2017 in the USA, and obtained his PPL training part time whilst also studying at University. Following Uni, he returned to Hong Kong and worked in another industry for a couple of years before a career in the sky called to him.

He came to Australia and completed his CPL and Flight Instructor Rating with us here at LTF in 2019, and we’re now thrilled to welcome him back as an Instructor. Kenny’s ultimate goal is flying with an international airline.

William Thomas

Ground School & Grade 3 Instructor

Training:
RPL, PPL, CPL & more

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William Thomas

Ground School & Grade 3 Instructor

William Thomas grew up in a small farming town in regional Western Australia and was always fascinated with both the beauty of flying and the technical side of aviation. He started flying at age 15 and given his location, was able to build some very unique experiences flying over some of Australia’s most remote and barren areas with minimal navigational aids.

As a Flight Instructor, William enjoys challenging his own knowledge and learning along with his students. He finds the ability to pass on his experience very rewarding and loves seeing students grasp complex problems and progress through their training.

William hopes to experience a variety of operations in his pilot career including multi-engine IFR instructor, flying for the Royal Flying Doctor Service, and eventually a major airline.

Elton Malowney

Student Admissions Manager

Role:
Student Admissions, Student Support, Front Desk

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Elton Malowney

Student Admissions Manager

Whilst he has always had a fascination with aircraft and how they fly, it was a joy flight on an Air Force Cadets recruiting weekend that made Elton actually think to himself “I want to fly these for a living”.

After high school, he completed a Bachelor of Aviation degree, and then followed that by completing a Flight Instructor Rating here with us at Learn To Fly.

Elton is a self-confessed “aviation geek” and enjoys learning about the engineering side of aircraft and their systems. As a pilot, he loves the peace and freedom you feel when flying through the air, leaving the noise and commotion of the world behind even just for a brief moment.

In his current role as LTF’s Student Admissions Manager, Elton is on the ground inspiring and helping new pilots to chase their aviation dreams, whilst also working towards his own flying goals of one day sitting in the cockpit of a Boeing B787 Dreamliner or Airbus A350 with a major airline.

Ahamed Zayaan

Web Developer

Role:
Web & Digital Development

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Ahamed Zayaan

Web Developer

Originally from Kandy in Sri Lanka, Ahamed studied a BSc Degree in Computer Sciences in the UK before moving to Australia. He has been working as a Web and EDM Developer here in Australia for more than 5 years, and recently launched his own digital agency “Webtual Digital”.

Ahamed is a guru in all things digital and web development – his specialties include WordPress (and Plugins), ACF, HTML, CSS, PHP, JavaScript and JQuery, MySQL, online commerce, graphic design and much more.

We aim to lead the way when it comes to the capabilities of our online presence and training platform, making flight training more accessible to more people from more places, and creating a training model for the next generation of pilots. We’re thrilled to have Ahamed’s talents on hand in the web and digital space to help make that a reality.

Kevin Lam

Student Services Officer

Role:
Reception Duties

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Kevin Lam

Student Services Officer

Student Services Officer Kevin Lam is also a student pilot, currently completing his Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) with Learn To Fly. Originally from Hong Kong, he developed an interest in flying while on trips with his family, and finally got the chance to experience taking the controls of an aircraft for himself when he was in high school.

Once he has completed his CPL, Kevin hopes his career as a pilot will lead him towards the airlines, and his ultimate goal is to be a Captain for Cathay Pacific.

Nicholas Perrett

Student Recruitment Manager

Role:
Recruitment, Student Welfare

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Nicholas Perrett

Student Recruitment Manager

Nicholas Perrett grew up in Brisbane and his first involvement with aviation was using his pocket money to buy a LEGO Airport set when he was 12 years old. Living under one of the Brisbane Airport flight paths, he often looked up in wonder at these giant engineering marvels cruising overhead and got his first taste of flying on a Qantas Mystery Flight to Sydney in a Boeing B767.

Nicholas studied commercial photography at Griffith University before taking on a career in property valuations that saw him travel extensively throughout Australia. Some 20 years later he has revisited his early interest in aviation and is currently studying a Bachelor Degree in Aviation Management, whilst also taking on the role of Student Recruitment Manager at LTF.

As well as looking forward to working with our student pilots, Nicholas hopes to start flying himself and achieve his own Private Pilot Licence in the near future. His long term career ambitions include working with a major airline like Qantas in a high-level management role or to procure the next generation of their aircraft fleet.

Stephen Kong

Training Manager | Grade 1 Instructor

Training:
Multi-Engine, RPL, PPL, CPL & more

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Stephen Kong

Training Manager | Grade 1 Instructor

Grade 1 Flight Instructor Stephen Kong was born in Malaysia and grew up in Melbourne with a fascination for planes and aviation. He has been flying since 2013 and completed his flight training right here at Moorabbin Airport.

After completing his training, Stephen spent a number of years working as a Flight Instructor at Moorabbin. His instructor role saw him heavily involved in the training of airline cadets before he eventually joined a major Asian airline himself as a pilot.

As a pilot, Stephen loves the unique views of the world he gets to see from above. He’s looking forward to working with student pilots again, and we are thrilled to have his extensive aviation experience here at Learn To Fly.

Rob Embury

Digital Marketing Manager

Role:
Digital Marketing

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Rob Embury

Digital Marketing Manager

Rob Embury has been interested in aviation since childhood, attending airshows with his grandparents and building model planes with his dad.

He studied Multimedia Design at university and has worked in marketing roles for nearly 15 years, with a particular interest in social media and digital content creation. Outside of digital marketing, Rob has a passion for landscape and weather photography. He runs regular photography tuition workshops and tours and travels to Tornado Alley in the USA each year to chase and document storms.

Learn To Fly’s Digital Marketing Manager role combines digital content creation, photography and aviation together – so it couldn’t really be any more of a perfect fit!

Darren McPherson

Training Consultant

Training:
Primary Methods of Instruction (PMI), Advanced Aviation Learning

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Darren McPherson

Training Consultant

Senior Captain Darren McPherson has over 30 years and 18,000 hours of flying experience. Starting his career as an aero club boy, Darren is a great example of what can be achieved through perseverance and dedication.

His experience as an aviation career specialist has helped countless pilots to achieve their dreams of flying for major airlines around the world. We are extremely lucky to have his wealth of knowledge on board here at Learn To Fly as a highly valuable associate consultant.

Sarah Steele

Principal Executive Officer

Role:
Student Support

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Sarah Steele

Principal Executive Officer

Sarah Steele joins Learn To Fly as our Principal Executive Officer, she grew up in Townsville Queensland and was drawn to aviation through a love of maths and physics, as well as the fact that it looked like a fun and exciting career path.

Sarah obtained her CPL in 2012, adding a Multi-Engine Command Instrument Rating (MECIR) in 2018, and lists flying charters over to the islands off Townsville in a twin-engine Piper Chieftain as being some of her favourite moments in her pilot career so far.

As a previous IFR Charter Pilot, flying Chieftains in North Queensland, Sarah is passionate about supporting students throughout their study at Learn To Fly and providing career advice on their next step after graduating.

Ahmed Ibrahim

Safety Manager | Grade 2 Instructor

Training:
Multi-Engine, IFR, FIR & more

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Ahmed Ibrahim

Safety Manager | Grade 2 Instructor

Grade 2 Multi-Engine IFR Flight Instructor Ahmed Ibrahim has been flying for over 20 years. As a child growing up in Cairo, Egypt, he always wanted to be a pilot and loved looking down at the terrain far below every time he flew.

Ahmed has always enjoyed instructing and teaching throughout his career. 5 years ago he decided to combine his hobby and passion to become a full-time instructor.

As an ultimate pilot career goal, he would love to one day own his own flying school teaching next generation ATPLs and specialising in high-performance aircraft instruction.

Joshua Best

Student Training Manager | Grade 1 Instructor

Training:
Multi-Engine, FIR, IFR, CPL & more

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Joshua Best

Student Training Manager | Grade 1 Instructor

Josh started his flying training at age 16 but was born with aviation in his blood. He remembers flying around the Victorian Gippsland region in Cessna 172s with his grandfather as a small child, as well as regular trips to some of the larger airports to watch the “big planes” coming and going.

As a Flight Instructor, Josh loves the fact that every day there is something different to teach. He’s also a big fan of the fact that typically, every customer or student leaves with a smile on their face after flying.

Whilst Josh would one day love to fly in a domestic passenger transport role, his ultimate goal is to join the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Kenny Kang

Singapore Theory Instructor

Role:
RPL, PPL & CPL Theory, Airline Interview Training

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Kenny Kang

Singapore Theory Instructor

LTF Singapore Flight Training Consultant Kenny Kang has nearly 50 years’ experience working in the aviation and airline industry in Singapore. From 1972 through to 2019 he worked in a range of roles for Singapore Airlines including 34 years as a pilot, retiring at age 65 as a Captain on a Boeing B747-400 aircraft.

Now that he has retired, Kenny is passionate about using the huge amount of knowledge and experience that he has built to assist future Singapore Airlines pilot hopefuls. If you are hoping to one day fly for Singapore’s national airline, Kenny can help you to choose the right pathway.

You can get in touch with Kenny by emailing [email protected].

Shuntai Tan

Singapore Flight Training Consultant

Role:
Flight Training Guidance for Singaporean Pilots

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Shuntai Tan

Singapore Flight Training Consultant

Shuntai Tan is our Learn To Fly Flight Training Consultant in Singapore. He initially completed his flight training here with us in Melbourne back in 2017, before returning home to Singapore.

Since his return, Shuntai has worked with us to help promote aviation in Singapore and to educate fellow Singaporeans on how to fulfil their dreams of becoming a pilot.

In his Flight Training Consultant role, he is able to provide valuable advice to future Singaporean pilots that are thinking about a career in aviation, or just wanting to fly for fun. Shuntai can assist you in organising both theory training onshore in Singapore and flight training in Australia.

If you are based in Singapore and you are thinking about learning to fly, get in touch with Shuntai by email [email protected].

Roshan Thomas

Flight Training Consultant

Role:
Indian DGCA Student Pilot Guidance

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Roshan Thomas

Flight Training Consultant

Roshan Thomas is from Chennai in India. As a youngster, his godfather (who still works for Lufthansa) would take him to the airport to see the big Lufthansa Boeing B747s and Airbus A340s, and Roshan decided then and there that he wanted to be the guy flying those one day.

Starting his flight training journey in Australia in 2018, Roshan amassed more than 350 flying hours and mastered 4 different aircraft types (Diamond DA40, Diamond DA42, Sling 2 and Super Decathlon). He also completed 7 Licences/Endorsements/Ratings including PPL, CPL, MECIR, Formation Flying Endorsement, Tailwheel Endorsement, and the Aerobatics & Spinning Endorsement – all of them with us here at Learn To Fly.

Now back in India, Roshan is looking forward to being able to help and guide Indian pilots wanting to complete their flight training with LTF in Australia and successfully meet DGCA requirements on their return. He hopes to one day work in a senior management pilot role flying widebody aircraft with a major international carrier.