In today's world; high quality training, skill, attitude and commitment are all factors that shape a career in aviation. Receiving excellent and thorough basic training will promote success and rapid advancement toward your goals!
Our instructors have all worked in some part of the world of commercial aviation. Here’s just a few of the diverse areas of aviation in which our instructors have worked:
- Transport Canada
- Aircraft sales/maintenance
This significant experience shows in their instruction - learn from somebody who has been there and done that!
Cecil Sorensen (Class 1 Instructor, ATPL, Chief Flight Instructor) has 65 years experience in the aviation industry and approx 45,000 hours in the air. He has flown everything from Sabre fighters jet in the RCAF to a Douglas DC3. As well, he holds degrees in business, education and a Class 1 flight instructor rating. His experience also extends to offering less common services such as:
- Tail wheel Training
- Seaplane Training
- Aerobatics Training
- Glider Aerobatics Training
Andres Alberghetti (Class 4 Instructor, CPL) Andres has been around planes since he was a little kid, flying gliders with his dad (who happened to be his instructor later on). He achieved his Gliders Pilot Licence at 16 years old. He completed his PPL back home in Argentina and then moved to Canada to complete his CPL and Flight Instructor Rating. When Andres is not flying you can find him fishing or swimming at the Lake.
Rod Andrews (Class 2 Instructor, ATPL) started working as an instructor under Cecil Sorensen in Red Deer AB in 1974. Outside of flight training, Rod has flown Twin Otters, Shorts and the four-engine deHavilland Dash 7 for Time Air. He later worked as an inspector with Transport Canada in Ottawa, flying a Beech King Air. He has approximately 10,000 hours of flight time including 3500 hours on multi-engine aircraft. He instructs Private, Commercial, Multi-engine and IFR flying on a part-time basis.
Bill Crosby (Class 1 Instructor; CPL) is a retired University professor who first learned to fly in 1979 while a research student in the USA (New York), before returning to Canada and earning a CPL in 1982. For 25 years he flew a wide range of general aviation aircraft in recreational and commercial roles both in Saskatchewan and Ontario, before gravitating 'back to school' to earn an initial Instructor Rating in 2007. Since then, Bill has amassed just under 2,000hrs of flight instruction at all levels - RPL, PPL and CPL, as well as advanced ratings. For Bill, flight instruction is more than mere instruction - or even education - it is a process of mentorship where flight skills, safety-mindedness and decision-making capabilities come together in the formation of a competent pilot. When not flying, Bill enjoys generating 'man glitter' (sawdust) in his evolving woodworking shop.
Thomas Estey (Class 4 Instructor, CPL) Thomas spent two years at the University of British Columbia before leaving to pursue his dream of flying. Born and raised in Vancouver BC, Thomas completed his PPL in Langley, BC, and moved to Saskatoon in January 2019, where he completed his CPL, Multi-IFR and Instructor ratings. Having worked as a Freestyle Ski and Windsurfing instructor, Thomas has a strong teaching background which he uses to guide students in their progress towards their goals. With a fun and youthful personality, Thomas also enjoys long sunset walks along the river on his time off.
Trent Remlinger (Class 1 Instructor, ATPL) has been in the aviation industry since 1999, working as a full-time flight instructor and charter pilot. He has flown over 11,000 hours doing flight instruction, charters, forest surveys, fire patrols and photo flights to name only a few of his experiences. Trent has a wide range of expertise that he uses to help students in their pursuit of a pilot's licence, whether their goal is to fly for fun or fly for the airlines. He has also been teaching at SaskPolytech in the Commercial Pilot Diploma program since 2002. On the non-flying side of life, Trent played with the Saskatoon Symphony for 25 years and in his spare time helps out on the family farm. He lives on an acreage with his wife Paula Jane and their new cat Chai. Trent is dedicated to teaching and making sure students get the best quality of flight training possible, adopting a “students first” policy to help with their success.
Andrew Simms (Class 2 Instructor, CPL) a retired military engineer, who earned a Glider Pilot and Private Pilot Licence in the Royal Canadian Air Cadet Program. Following that he worked for many years as a Glider Pilot Instructor. Also an instructor at the Saskpolytech Commercial Pilot Program, he has acquired a Commercial Pilots licence with multi-engine, instrument, float and instructor’s ratings. Andrew looks forward to continue sharing his passion for aviation.
Richard Turinski (Class 3 Instructor, CPL) Richard spent 19 years in the automotive industry but has always dreamt of flying. In 2018 he finally signed up for his private pilots license. A few months later he quit his job and dedicated himself full time to flying and studying. 23 months after his first day of PPL ground school, he had completed his PPL, CPL and instructor rating, and also found the time to achieve his float rating. When Richard isn’t flying, you can find him running or biking along the beautiful Meewassin river trail.