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.

David Wright

Senior Base Pilot

David Wright

Senior Base Pilot

David Wright is our Senior Base Pilot with about 3,000 hours. He began flying in the 80’s 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 March 2007.

Apart from instructing, David has flown costal surveillance and many photography missions. David has many passions outside of flying – the Melbourne Football Club, photography and video-making, and travelling to name a few.

Annalisa Miles

Flight Examiner/ Grade 1 Multi-Engine Instructor/ Training Manager

Annalisa Miles

Flight Examiner/ Grade 1 Multi-Engine Instructor/ Training Manager

Annie is a Grade 1 Training Manager who completed her Commercial Pilot Licence in New Zealand and achieved her Instructor Rating at MFT in 2010. She will be one of your main points of contact when you start your training with us. She enjoys travelling, cooking and meeting new people. When she’s not flying, you usually hear her chatting to anyone and everyone.

Darren Schmidt

Flight Examiner/ Grade 1 Multi-Engine IFR Instructor/ Training Manager

Darren Schmidt

Flight Examiner/ Grade 1 Multi-Engine IFR Instructor/ Training Manager

Darren owned and operated a successful manufacturing business for many years before pursuing a lifetime passion for flying. He completed all his training at MFT and also obtained an instructor rating. Sporting interests include cricket, golf and football. Other interests include 4 wheel driving, camping & fishing.

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.

John Paizis

Grade 1 Multi-Engine IFR Instructor

John Paizis

Grade 1 Multi-Engine IFR Instructor

John is a Grade 1 Multi-Engine IFR Instructor with over 7,000 hours. John is an ex CFI/Chief Pilot of one of Australia’s largest University aeronautical schools and has lectured in aeronautical subjects at University level.

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.

Grade 2 Instructors

Andrew Pettman

Grade 2 Instructor

Andrew Pettman

Grade 2 Instructor

Andrew has been with MFT since 2010 and is one of our RPL specialists having worked with many students in preparation for their first solo flights and first airplane license being their RPL. Andrew doesn’t just bring his flying experience to MFT but also a wealth of knowledge of airline operations having worked with some of Australia’s major airlines in departments such as, Operations and also Training which has included training cabin crew. In his spare time Andrew’s passion is watching his beloved Melbourne Demons in the AFL.

Bernie Wong

Grade 2 Instructor / Training Manager

Bernie Wong

Grade 2 Instructor / Training Manager

Bernie will be one of your main points of contact when you start your training with us. Bernie has a passion for the aviation industry. He has completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Aviation) at RMIT University which focused on Airport and Airline Management. He has then furthered his interests in aviation by completing all his flight training (CPL, MECIR and Flight Instructor Rating) at Melbourne Flight Training. Outside of flying, Bernie enjoys travelling, photography, and spending time with family and friends and supporting the mighty Eagles!

Daniel Rourke

Grade 2 Instructor

Daniel Rourke

Grade 2 Instructor

Daniel began flying in 2010 after completing secondary school. He’s held an interest in aviation since a young age, picking up where his Grandfather left off in the Royal Australian Air Force(RAAF) and Civil Aviation Authority (CASA). Daniel completed his Commercial Pilots Licence, Night VFR, Multi Engine, and Instructor Ratings at MFT. Daniel enjoys coaching martial arts, long drives, and has a particular interest in WWII era aircraft.

Grade 3 Instructors

Alex McAllister

Grade 3 Instructor

Alex McAllister

Grade 3 Instructor

Alex is no stranger at MFT, having taken his first flying lesson in an MFT Piper Warrior at the age of 15, as well as completing year 10 work experience in 2011. After achieving his CPL, Multi-Engine and Instrument rating, Alex returned to MFT where he completed his Instructor Rating. Alex is currently a certified commercial UAV pilot, and has worked in many different facets of commercial aerial photography including film and television productions, music videos, advertisements and real estate. He is also a casual B737 Flight Simulator Instructor at Flight Experience, Melbourne. Outside of flying, Alex is completing a Bachelor of Aviation (Technology) and Bachelor of Business Management at Swinburne University. Alex also enjoys building/flying radio control model aircraft, bushwalking and playing the piano.

Arjun Parmar

Grade 3 Instructor

Arjun Parmar

Grade 3 Instructor

Arjun Parmar is a Grade 3 instructor at MFT. He also completed all his CPL training as well as flight instructor rating at MFT.

He also holds a Masters degree in Business Administration, and has spent over 8 years in marketing and product management in various companies.

His other interests include travelling, photography, drooling over military jets and following sports.

John Vitale

Grade 3 Instructor

John Vitale

Grade 3 Instructor

John completed his PPL in 2007 while in year 12 at secondary school and went on to complete the Bachelor of Aviation with Swinburne University. He completed his CPL and flight instructor rating at MFT and has recently started working here as a Grade 3 instructor.

Outside of flying, John is involved in the wine industry and often stewards at food and wine events. He eventually hopes to try his hand at winemaking. John also is a massive fan of cars – in particular, Italian marques.

Nick Pennell

Grade 3 Instructor

Nick Pennell

Grade 3 Instructor

Nicholas began flying just before his 15th birthday on a casual basis. After leaving school he worked at numerous jobs ranging from a supermarket to working in a pilot supplies shop to be able to fund his training.

Nicholas became aware of the new flying school that was MFT and became one of MFT’s first students. He completed his RPL, PPL, Commercial Pilots License and Night Rating at MFT and then late last year completed his Instructor Rating.

For the past 5 and a half years Nicholas has worked at Melbourne International Airport for a major ground handling company as a Leading Hand and has done everything from unloading and loading aircraft to dispatching and pushing back the aircraft. He worked on a variety of aircraft from the Boeing 737 right up to the Airbus A380 and even the Antonov.

Nicholas loves his sports in particular the AFL – go “The Power” [Port Adelaide], Soccer and the Formula 1. He has a passion for flying and anything aviation related and loves spending time with his family and friends.

Will Long

Grade 3 Instructor

Will Long

Grade 3 Instructor

Will is a recent Grade 3 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.

Vanessa Hogg

Grade 3 Instructor

Vanessa Hogg

Grade 3 Instructor

Vanessa is a Grade 3 Flight Instructor at MFT. She has a Bachelor in Aviation through Swinburne University of Technology.

Vanessa completed her Flight Instructor Rating here with us at Melbourne Flight Training. Outside of flying, she enjoys travelling, exercise and chocolate.

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