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

Grade 1 Instructor

David Wright

Grade 1 Instructor

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.

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

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!

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.

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.

Joel Fernandes

Grade 3 Instructor

Joel Fernandes

Grade 3 Instructor

Joel completed all his CPL training in New Zealand at Massey University.

His interest in technology developed into a passion for aircraft and flying as well as all things digital. After spending some time as a front-end developer, he returned to flying as an instructor.

He also enjoys all cuisines and is always up for trying new and interesting foods.

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.

Joseph Ikin

Grade 3 Instructor / Maintenance Administration Officer

Joseph Ikin

Grade 3 Instructor / Maintenance Administration Officer

Prior to moving to Melbourne Flight Training to work as a Grade III 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.

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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