Jay Rodda

Jay’s passion for aviation sprouted in the soil of his family’s aviation legacy, with a family of pilots sharing stories and conversations of relatives who served as pilots for Ansett, it became the foundation for Jay’s pursuit to fly.

As he grew older, Jay embarked on a Trial Introductory Flight (TIF) to ascertain whether flying was indeed his calling. The experience was both thrilling and challenging. After the flight, he found himself perplexed by the task of trimming the aircraft, a moment of anxiety that only strengthened his resolve to master the intricacies of aviation.

Jay pursued a Bachelor of Aviation in Adelaide before then obtaining a commercial pilot’s license. In recent weeks, he celebrated the completion of the ATPL exams, demonstrating his commitment to excellence and mastery in the field.

In the short term, Jay’s focus is on honing his skills as an instructor, aiming to ascend to the coveted position of Grade 2 or even Grade 1 instructor. His commitment to the profession is unwavering, and he sees teaching as a way to pay it forward by helping future aviators achieve their goals. Looking far ahead into the future, Jay’s ultimate dream is to traverse international long-haul routes with an airline. The prospect of navigating the world’s skies, and connecting distant cultures and people, is a goal that fuels his passion for aviation.

Beyond the cockpit and the classroom, Jay finds joy in the simple pleasures of life. He enjoys embarking on solitary runs and hikes, sometimes accompanied by his favourite music, and other times with cherished friends. Jay is also a social netball enthusiast, modestly attributing his success on the court to his height.

Sebastian Rossi

Seb’s journey into the world of aviation was a destined path that began as far back as memory serves. His fascination with aviation was ingrained in the hours spent meticulously assembling and flying model planes and the countless visits to airport lookouts. At the age of 16, Seb took his first Trial Introductory Flight (TIF). This experience was like the final piece of a puzzle falling into place, confirming his career direction. He embarked on his aviation journey immediately after completing school.

In his younger years, Seb harboured dreams of becoming a fast jet pilot, perhaps inspired by the allure of Top Gun. However, as he matured, his aspirations evolved. The path that once led to fighter jets transformed into a desire for an airline career, followed by a potential transition to corporate flying or even the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) should the opportunity arise.

In the short term, Seb envisions a continued journey towards becoming a Grade 2 flight instructor, with ambitions to eventually attain the coveted Grade 1 status. Along this path, he hopes to expand his teaching repertoire, specializing in tailwheel and multi-engine instrument flight rating (IFR) instruction. As he imparts his knowledge and experience to aspiring pilots, he continues to play a pivotal role in shaping the future of aviation.

Outside the realm of aviation, Seb finds solace in the warm embrace of summer and embraces an active lifestyle. His dedication to fitness and an active routine serve as a counterbalance to his intense study and work commitments.

Ian Mowat

Ian’s journey into the world of aviation began in Zimbabwe. The dream of taking flight had always been a constant in his life, tracing its origins to a pivotal moment when he received a Trial Instructional Flight (TIF) for his 16th birthday. This experience ignited a passion that would shape his future.

To realise his dream, Ian embarked on a path that led him to South Africa, where he completed his PPL. It was here that he took his first substantive steps into the world of aviation, setting a trajectory for a promising career

Ian’s journey led him to us at Learn To Fly, where he pursued our comprehensive training program that would take him from the fundamentals to expertise, culminating in the attainment of his instructor rating. Ian’s educational journey also included the completion of the CPL Diploma at LTF, marking another milestone in his pursuit of aviation excellence.

Aspirations for Ian extend far into the horizon — his ultimate goal is to serve either with the Royal Flying Doctor Service or as part of a major airline. His aspirations are not limited by the destination but rather fueled by the challenge and dynamism that aviation offers, an environment where no two days are alike.

Ian seeks balance in life by keeping active during his time off and cherishing moments spent with friends. The camaraderie and adventures shared with mates provide an integral part of balance in his life.

Olivia Walters

Raised by parents who were both flight attendants, Olivia’s story in aviation has its foundations. Growing up with the allure of aircraft and the excitement of travel, it was only natural that her dreams took flight in the skies.

Olivia started her training in 2019, by 2020, she had already achieved significant milestones, earning her CPL, passing her ATPL exams, and securing a MECIR. Her rapid progress underscored her dedication to her chosen career. However, COVID led Olivia to take a temporary break from flying. During this hiatus, she ventured into the world of fashion while living in Hong Kong with her partner. Her brief foray into another industry provided her with valuable experiences and insights but also reinforced her unwavering passion for aviation.

Olivia has now returned to aviation and is embracing her new role as a Grade 3 flight instructor. Her enthusiasm for teaching and guiding aspiring pilots is palpable, and she is excited to be a part of their journey. While Olivia dreams of eventually joining the ranks of the airlines, her nearer-term goal is to progress to a Grade 2 flight instructor. This path represents not only a step forward in her career but also an opportunity to deepen her impact on the aviation community.

What Olivia enjoys most about her role as an instructor is the opportunity to witness her students’ growth and the fulfilment of their dreams. The joy of guiding aspiring pilots through their training and watching them achieve their goals is a source of immense satisfaction and motivation for her.

Terry Mitchell

Terry’s fascination with aircraft and their intricate workings began during school days, as his science teacher would employ the Airbus A380 as a constant case study. This early exposure began a lasting passion for aviation that would shape his future.

Although his early years were primarily dedicated to the insurance industry, Terry’s trajectory took a turn when the opportunity to begin flying presented itself. Terry made a remarkable transformation as he pursued and achieved his Bachelor of Aviation. Beyond his formal education, Terry embraced the adventurous spirit of aviation by delving into Seaplane and Aerobatics ratings, adding further dimensions to his skillset. Terry’s flight path led him to command hours from Shepparton, a journey marked by traversing outback navigation routes. The ever-changing challenges of the Australian outback became an integral part of his flying experience, adding a unique element to his story.

His sights are now set on a new chapter: sharing his accrued wisdom and insights to guide and support aspiring aviators. His ambition is to empower students, enhancing their learning journey by imparting the wealth of knowledge he has accumulated over his aviation odyssey. Terry’s dedication to education and his commitment to passing on his experiences will undoubtedly shape the aviation dreams of future pilots, future first officers and future first captains.

Moheth Yatheskumar

Mo developed an early fascination with aviation during their childhood — at the age of three, a pivotal moment occurred during a trip to India when he encountered a Boeing 747 on the apron, leaving them awe-struck by the immense size and audacious notion of flying. Initially, Mo pursued a career in medicine, but a revelation two weeks before the end of university application deadlines changed their course entirely. The longing for freedom and a life beyond the confines of an office or building led them to embrace their true passion for aviation.

Their aviation journey commenced at Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand, where they trained in DA40s. Despite facing challenges, the dream of becoming a Flight Instructor and eventually an Airline Pilot remained unwavering. The ultimate aspiration is to join Qantas in Project Sunrise, crossing continents and exploring the world from unparalleled perspectives.

With a Bachelor’s in Aviation and an impressive set of licenses, including CPL, ATPL, and MEIR, they relocated to Australia to be closer to family. Discovering Learn To Fly proved to be serendipitous, as the modern approach to aviation and the down-to-earth community captivated them. 

Beyond aviation, Mo embraces a passion for travel, exploring numerous countries to experience the world from different angles. Music and movies hold a special place in their heart, and they cherish spending quality time with family and friends. A self-proclaimed food enthusiast, they are open to trying diverse cuisines.

Mo finds great fulfilment in shaping the next generation of pilots and connecting with like-minded individuals. The most gratifying moments as an instructor arise when they guide their students to find solutions independently, witnessing those “click” moments when all the pieces fall into place in the students’ minds.

Martin Hussey

Martin’s fascination with aviation took root when a family trip exposed him to the world of flying. A chance to explore the cockpit ignited a lifelong passion for aviation.

Having completed a Bachelor of Aviation in Queensland, followed by rigorous training at the Qantas Group Pilot Academy, he relocated to Melbourne and further fortified his expertise by achieving his G3 FIR at Learn To Fly. Martin aspires to progress through the instructing ranks, aiming for Grade 2 and, ultimately, a Grade 1. Beyond his instructional role, his sights are set on serving with either the Royal Flying Doctor Service or the airlines.

When Martin’s feet are on the ground, he finds joy in sports like Cricket, AFL (where he passionately supports West Coast), and Formula 1. His curiosity about the world drives him to explore different cultures through travel, an endeavour that enriches his perspective. Martin finds profound fulfilment in imparting his wisdom to eager minds, witnessing their growth, and guiding them toward achieving their flying ambitions. Through every takeoff and landing, Martin’s journey continues to be one of passion, determination, and pursuit.

Alex Chen

Alex grew up in Hong Kong and later moved to Melbourne at the age of 15. After completing high school in Melbourne, Alex embarked on their flight training journey.

Having spent time at the Hong Kong International Airport during their upbringing, Alex developed a profound fascination for aviation. Witnessing the aircraft on the ground and in the air conducting operations sparked their interest in pursuing a career as a pilot. In high school, as Alex delved deeper into flight training, the realisation of the opportunity to become a pilot solidified their decision to follow this path wholeheartedly.

Alex’s flight training commenced where they honed their skills for about a year before transitioning to completing their Bachelor of Aviation (Pilot Training) and obtained their RPL, PPL, CPL, and FIR licenses.

Presently, as a Grade 3 flight instructor, Alex’s sights are set on further progression. The aspiration is to upgrade to Grade 2 and attain additional ratings and endorsements, including multi-engine class rating and IFR. Alex also expresses an eagerness to fly and teach with tailwheel aircraft. Ultimately, his dream is to work for a major international airline.

The allure of flying lies in the exhilarating experience and the breathtaking views it offers. The ability to multitask and maintain control of an aircraft serves as a constant source of fascination for Alex. In his role as a flight instructor, Alex finds immense satisfaction in assisting others in achieving their dreams of becoming pilots.

Outside of aviation, Alex enjoys playing soccer in their leisure time, though they humorously admit not being the most skilled player.

Shayaan Sohtra

Shayaan is a Grade 3 Flight instructor here at Learn To Fly. Growing up in the Middle East — Shayaan was always travelling to see family in other countries. Shayaan shares his favourite part about holidaying was boarding the aircraft, which kickstarted his fascination for aviation. He always knew he wanted to be a pilot from a very young age.

When Shayaan moved to Australia, he started flying at Moorabbin when he was 16. He was able to obtain his RPL at 17 and continued flying after finishing school and later finished his PPL, CPL with us here at Learn To Fly.  Shayaan also achieved his MEIR as well as FIR with us at Learn To Fly.

Shayaan is outgoing, vibrant and personable and always loves a good discussion. 

What hr enjoys about instructing the most is getting to know students’ dreams and ambitions and helping them achieve it! Shayaan believes that motivation is a great drive but flight training is sometimes be challenging so his goal is always to communicate and challenge students to think outside the box.

Shayaan is living part of his dream right now because ever since he started flight training he wanted to be an instructor. In the long term he aims to fly the PC-24 for the RFDS, helping people and meeting their needs.