Our Staff

Grade 1 Instructors

Glen Buckley

Chief Executive Officer

Glen Buckley

Chief Executive Officer

Glen operates as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Melbourne Flight Training. He has been flying for over 25 years throughout Australia, Asia and the Pacific Islands. He is a Grade 1 Multi Engine IFR Instructor.

Ermin Javier

Head of Operations

Ermin Javier

Head of Operations

Ermin is our Head of Operations & a Grade 1 Multi-Engine IFR Instructor. Ermin learnt to fly with the Philippine Air Force in 1998 and migrated to Australia with his family in late 2005, started instructing in 2007 as a Junior Grade 3 with MFT, and now concurrently works in the companys Operations Branch.

Senior Base Pilot

David Wright

Grade 1 Instructor

Senior Base Pilot

David Wright

Grade 1 Instructor

David Wright is our Senior Base Pilot with almost 5,000 hours.  David began flying in the 80s at the famous Casey Field in Berwick (sadly now gone), achieved his commercial licence in the 90’s and is one of MFT’s (almost) original instructors beginning in early 2007.

Apart from instructing, David has flown costal surveillance flights and many photography missions & long haul cross-country flight, the longest Karratha via Kalgoolie to Moorabbin over 4 days in a Piper Archer.  David has many passions outside of flying – the Melbourne Football Club, photography and video-making, social media and travelling to name a few.

David looks after Melbourne Flight Training’s Instagram account @melbourneflighttraining – be sure to check it out & tag @melbourneflighttraining in your flying posts!

Bill Skoufis

Grade 1 Instructor

Bill Skoufis

Grade 1 Instructor

Bill is a Grade 1 instructor. He began flying in 1985 and has been instructing since 1990.
He specializes in doing “weekend” training as he is employed full time as a Child and Family Counsellor. However his real passion is teaching people to fly.

Outside of flying and work he’s mad about making wine and has won some awards. Bill also brews beer and loves growing his own fruit and vegetables, and camping.

Maurice Toneatto

Grade 1 Multi-Engine IFR Instructor

Maurice Toneatto

Grade 1 Multi-Engine IFR Instructor

Maurice Toneatto is a Grade 1 Multi-Engine/IFR Instructor with over 4,000 hours experience including RPT in turbine aircraft.
Maurice has considerable experience in aerial survey, aerial photography, coastal surveillance and fire spotting operations throughout Australia.
Outside of aviation Maurice is a practising Architect and loves trekking through the ranges on his Anglo Arab as well as catching a swell on the southeast coast.

Peter Bishop

Grade 1 Multi-Engine IFR Instructor

Peter Bishop

Grade 1 Multi-Engine IFR Instructor

Peter is a Grade 1 Multi–Engine IFR Instructor. He has been instructing at Moorabbin since 1996 and currently also flies Charter Operations in a Kingair B200, and Piper PA31.

Sreya Brown

Grade 1 Instructor / Training Manager (International Students)

Sreya Brown

Grade 1 Instructor / Training Manager (International Students)

Originating from New Zealand, Sreya completed her flying training in Sydney. She began working in Broome, WA in various roles such as operations controller, sky diving, and as a scenic and charter pilot.

Sreya also has a wealth of knowledge of airline operations having worked for an airline as an operations controller, whilst undertaking a Bachelor of Aviation Management.

In her free time, Sreya enjoys travelling, sketching, baking and craft.

Grade 2 Instructors

Joe Ikin

Grade 2 Instructor

Joe Ikin

Grade 2 Instructor

Prior to moving to Melbourne Flight Training to work as an Instructor, Joe completed his CPL in Mareeba, North Queensland and his FIR in Camden, Sydney.

Before flying, Joe spent 4 years in the military and holds a Bachelors Degree in History and Politics. He has also worked as a pizza boy, a paper boy, an aircraft detailer and has experience working in the operations departments of both military and civil aircraft operators.

Outside of flying he has a passion for Cricket, the Western Bulldogs and the Canberra Raiders and his favourite fruit is a cool frosty Mango.

Will Long

Grade 2 Instructor

Will Long

Grade 2 Instructor

Will is a Grade 2 instructor at Melbourne Flight Training. He completed all of his Commercial Flight Training at MFT, as well as his Flight Instructor rating. Will enjoys his cricket, and has a strong passion for the Western Bulldogs.

Grade 3 Instructors

David Prior

Grade 3 Instructor

David Prior

Grade 3 Instructor

David began flying at age 16 after achieving his RPL in Queensland during high school. His passions were set on aviation from an early age, and his career goal has always been to work as a pilot.
He obtained his Flight Instructor Rating with MFT after completing a Bachelor of Aviation at Swinburne University of Technology. Outside of flying, he also works with the Army Reserves as a Combat Engineer.
His hobbies include hiking and camping, running, basketball, playing guitar and riding his motorcycle.

James Skinner

Grade 3 Instructor

James Skinner

Grade 3 Instructor

James completed his RPL, CPL and Flight Instructor Rating at MFT.

Prior to his flight training, James worked for the medical industry at a private hospital.

He is obsessive about skiing and loves all things sport especially his footy and soccer.

Tarik Hartley

Grade 3 Instructor

Tarik Hartley

Grade 3 Instructor

Tarik has always had a passion for things that fly. He studied a Bachelor of Aviation at Swinburne University of Technology. He completed his CPL and Flight Instructor Rating with MFT, before starting as a Grade 3 Instructor.

Outside of aviation, Tarik has a passion for road cycling and cars. He also enjoys playing guitar, travelling and cooking.

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