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Our Team

Blair Parrant – CFI/Flight Instructor
Class 1 Instructor/Operation Manager

With 18 years of flying experience and as a former Chief Flight Instructor at one of Canada’s largest training organisations and Director of Operations under 703, Blair is able to share a wealth of aviation, managerial, and regulatory experience with his students.

 

Blair completed his flight training in his home country of Australia before immigrating to Canada in 2007 to start his professional aviation career as a flight instructor. On his free time, he enjoys travelling south (in search of warmer weather), spending time outside, and Australian sports!

 

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return” – Leonardo da Vinci.

Koki Hirabayashi – Flight Instructor
Class 3 Instructor

Originally from Japan and moving to Canada in 2012, Koki is a class 3 instructor that also holds an Airline Transport Pilot Licence. He has been flying for 8 years and professionally for 4 years. With more than 2000 hours of experience, Koki used to fly for a major Canadian Regional Airline until last year. With his airline experience, he provides quality training that gets you ready to succeed in your airline career.

 

When not flying, he really enjoys fishing, and you can always find him at the river during salmon season.

Amanda Tosto –Flight Intructor/ Senior Office Administrator/Student Advisor/Head Dispatcher

Born and raised in Quebec, Canada, Amanda has been in the aviation industry for 11 years. She started her journey as a Baggage/Ramp agent for a major Canadian Airline to transferring departments and getting into the in-flight department as a Flight Attendant. After 6 years in that position, she decided to become a Service Director/In-Charge Flight Attendant. Dreaming of doing more, she started to explore the option of flying the planes she loved working on so much. Her good friend, a pilot at a major Canadian Airline, took her flying on a Cessna one day to show her what it would be like and to allow her to see how it felt. She has never looked back since. 

 

Besides being a Commercial Pilot and currently finishing her Flight Instructor Rating, she works at Acadia as the head dispatcher, office administrator, and student advisor. 

 

On her time off, she enjoys travelling, exploring the world’s natural wonders, reading, and yoga. 

Freya Inkster - PRM
Commercial Pilot/Person Responsible for Maintenance/Aircraft Maintenance Engineer

Freya is the Person Responsible for Maintenance (PRM) at Acadia College. She ensures our aircraft are maintained to a high standard and always remain in compliance with the regulations. 

 

Freya’s passion for aviation began growing up in the Shetland Islands in Scotland. Aviation is a vital part of life there, connecting them to mainland Scotland and all of their outer Isles, bringing in supplies, mail and the all-important air ambulance. As soon as she graduated from high school, she moved to Canada to learn how to fly. While working towards her Commercial Licence, she became interested in maintenance and decided to also pursue an apprenticeship.  She now holds both her Commercial Pilot Licence and Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Licence. 

 

Outside of work, Freya enjoys boxing, reading, and outdoor activities.