John Sabato from Prepared Consultancy Australia is our expert Airline Interview Preparation Consultant. John has a wealth of experience across various sectors of the aviation industry, with a career spanning more than 10 years.
For 7 of these years John flew with Cathay Pacific, where he was a First Officer, flying the Airbus A330 and A350 type aircraft on long-haul routes. John’s own journey to becoming an airline pilot with Cathay was assisted by the comprehensive preparation offered by an airline interview preparation course.
This pathway has provided him with a unique perspective on the process and requirements, and an understanding of just how important that first airline application and interview is. It has also given him a huge passion for assisting others to get their own “first airline start”. We’re thrilled to have John on board for our Future Cadet Pilot Program and Airline Interview Coaching Session courses, to help give the next generation of airline pilot hopefuls the sound preparation and competitive edge they need to succeed in their applications and interviews.
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.
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”.
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.
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 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.
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 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!
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 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.
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.