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Staff & Instructors

At Sydney Flight Training the many decades of experience of our dedicated instructors and staff bring you the very best flight training and education towards realising your flying achievements.


Whether you’re flying for fun, business or as a career, we have the EXPERIENCE to take you through a tailored training plan that works, will give you the best outcome for your investment and will guide you in making optimal decisions for your aviation career and flying accomplishments.

SFT-staff-peter-edwards head of operations


Head of Operations

Peter has been flying privately and commercially since 1974 and holds a commercial pilot licence, Grade 1 Flying Instructor rating with Multi Engine and IFR training approvals. Flying experience includes DC3 and Cessna Citation class rated aircraft. Also Peter has experience in international ferry flights. An ex teacher he enjoys teaching and flying.

SFT-staff-kayla_bentley flight instructor


Grade 1 Flight Instructor 

Kayla graduated from Basair Aviation College with a Diploma in Aviation - Commercial Pilot’s Licence, Multi-Engine Instrument Rating and Instructor Rating. Kayla is working towards her training approvals for Multi-Engine (META) and Instrument Rating (IRTA). She has completed all 7  (ATPL) examinations, holding a Frozen ATPL theory credit. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and helping others to achieve their goals whilst working towards a career in the Airlines.

SFT-staff-aaron stass grade 2 flight instructor


Grade 2 Flight Instructor 

Aaron graduated from Basair Aviation College with a Diploma in Aviation - Commercial Pilot’s Licence and Instructor Rating. He completed his Multi-Engine Instrument Rating with Learn to Fly Moorabbin. Aaron is working towards his training approvals for Multi-Engine (META) and Instrument Rating (IRTA). He has completed all 7 ATPL examinations, holding a Frozen ATPL theory credit. An accomplished photographer, he enjoys sharing his aviation passion and helping others to achieve their goals. 

SFT-staff-dan-martin standing in front of Piper Warrior aircraft


Standby Head of Operations

Dan has been flying for over 30 years and has an extensive background in both General Aviation and the Airline Industry.  Dan has a passion for Safety, Compliance and Flight Training with a focus on making flying fun and rewarding. Dan holds an Airline Transport Pilots Licence, a Grade 1 Flight Instructor Rating, Instrument Flight Training and Testing Approval (IR) and (IPC) as well as RPL and PPL Flight Testing Approval. Dan has various tertiary qualifications in aviation and is (FRAeS) recognised with the Royal Aeronautical Society and provides casual training for all licence levels and ratings offered by our school.

SFT-Mark-Kelly Grade 1 flight instructor


Grade 1 Flight Instructor & Examiner

Mark has over 40 years flying experience as an Airline Captain, Trainer, Flight Examiner and Simulator Instructor. His career has spanned flying and instructing in the Military (RAAF) on Jet and transport aircraft, for a major Airline and Corporate Aviation. He has now returned to his General Aviation roots where he is a Grade 1 Flight Instructor with Multi Engine and IFR training approval. Mark is passionate about passing on his extensive aviation knowledge to the current and next generation of pilots. Mark volunteers at the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society where he flies as a DHC4 Caribou pilot and instructor.

SFT-staff-simon-mathews grade 1 flight instructor


Grade 1 Flight Instructor (part time)

Simon Mathews is an experienced, current and active commercial pilot, Grade 1 Flight Instructor with many hours in flight training, air charter, aeromedical, international and remote area operations. He takes a strong interest in students and their progression and loves to see them achieve their aviation goals. Simon assists in running the Sydney Flight Training ground school for RPL, PPL and IREX courses.

SFT-staff-wes-brown grade 1 flight instructor


Grade 1 Flight Instructor (part time)

Wes has been flying since 1987 and holds a Grade 1 instructor rating with IFR and Multi Engine training approvals, tail wheel, night VFR, constant speed and retractable undercarriage training endorsements. Wes is passionate about teaching people how to fly and helping students achieve their aviation goals. He brings a wealth of experience as well as enthusiasm to instructing.

SFT-staff-rebecca-earls grade 2 flight instructro


Grade 2 Flight Instructor (part time)

Rebecca started flying when she was just 15 years old gping on to achieve a Diploma in Aviation - Commercial Pilot’s Licence, with Multi Engine Class Rating and Instrument Rating. Rebecca is working towards her Flight Instructor Rating Training Approval (FIRTA). Rebecca is also an Aviation Theory Teacher and an Aviation English Language Proficiency Assessor (AELP). She spent 5 years with the Rural Fire Service as a volunteer Bush Fire Fighter and Aviation Radio Operator. Rebecca works enjoys mentoring and guide budding pilots.

SFT Rashiqa Ahmed Grade 2 flight instructor


Grade 2 Flight Instructor (part time)

Graduated from UNSW with a Bachelor’s degree in Aviation Management and a Graduate Diploma in Aviation Flying. Rashiqa is a Grade 2 flying instructor with approvals for Night Visual Flight Rules Rating (NVFR) and Design Feature training. She also holds the theory examination credit for Air Transport Pilot License (ATPL). She enjoys instructing and the ability to share her knowledge with others. In her spare time, she volunteers for Scouts Air Activities.

SFT-staff-richard-ure grade 3 flight instructor


Grade 3 Flight Instructor (part time)

Richard has been flying since 1985. He has a Commercial Pilot Licence and Grade 3 Instructor Rating. He has 30 years experience as an Air Traffic Controller and currently holds ratings in the Sydney Terminal Control Unit and Bankstown Tower. He enjoys sharing his enthusiasm and knowledge of aviation with others.

SFT-staff-keith-murray head of maintenance


Head of Maintenance

Keith has been flying privately since 2007 In both Recreational and General Aviation Aircraft and has experience in teaching and management roles.

SFT-staff-john-young CEO


Chief Executive Officer

John has been flying privately since 1976 and has been involved with numerous flying organisations in non-flying and governance roles.

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