INSTRUCTORS

Sophia Wells

Chief Flight Instructor Class 1 Multi IFR Instructor/ Flight Examiner
Examiner

Sophia came to the Club in 2009 after completing the Mount Royal Aviation program and then working for a year at the Calgary Flying Club. Sophia became the CFI in August of 2012 and also flies part time on a Piper Navajo and a Cessna Citation for a local construction company. She is originally from the Crowsnest Pass, Alberta. In 2018, Sophia was named to Wings magazine’s Top 20 Under 40: Agent of Change. In 2019, she was honored with Mount Royal University’s Outstanding Alumni Award.

Justin Bailey

Class 1 Multi IFR Instructor
Multi Engine Examiner
EXAMINER

Justin was born on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. He spent 20 years in Ontario, completing his flight training at WWFC at the Kitchener / Waterloo airport (CYKF). He later obtained his seaplane rating and time on floats at Lake St. John (CNV6).

Now flying as captain on the Beech 1900 for Central Mountain Air, Justin continues with EFC as a part-time instructor and multi engine examiner.

Rhodielyn Padilla

class 2 Instructor

I have been interested in aviation since I was 6 years old. When I was 12, I joined the Royal Canadian Air Cadet Force and was selected to complete my Glider Pilot License through their scholarship. The endeavor of becoming a pilot was not easy for me. I wasn’t the most talented flyer but these struggles only motivated me further to prove to myself that being a pilot was important to me.

I completed the rest of my training in Springbank and now excited to join the Edmonton Flying Club as a Class 2 instructor with endeavors to pursue my Class 1.

Outside of aviation, I’m a Yoga Instructor, a certified Holistic Nutritionist, and am a gymnast with NorGlen Rhythmic Gymnastics Club. I hope to share more of my story and to connect with you all soon.

Robbie Benusic

Class 2 Instructor

Robbie has returned to his flight instructing roots after a 22-year break where he was, and still is, an Air Traffic Controller. He is currently working at training the new CYQF Control Tower, but also spent time in CYEG CYZF and CYXD Towers. Robbie originally did all his flight training at the Edmonton Flying Club and graduated from the first class of the Edmonton Flight College in 1994. He flight instructed for 3 years in Dawson Creek and Port McNeill (north end of Vancouver Island), and also did a 6 month tour in Resolute Bay working for Kenn Borek on Twin Otters.

Amanda Lippitt

Class 2 Instructor
Amanda began flight training in 2011 in Three Hills AB. She finished the flight program and stayed on as a flight instructor and filled other various administrative positions such as scheduler and CFI. In 2016 she took a break from flight instructing to have two hilarious kids and expand the resume with other aviation and non-aviation related jobs. Now she is back to flying and enjoying the community of staff and students here at EFC. When not at the hangar you can find her in the garden or enjoying various outdoor activities with the kidlets!

Mohamad Mahfouz

Class 4 Instructor

A locally born, raised, and trained pilot, Mohamad began flying after obtaining an electrical Engineering degree from the University of Alberta. His passion for flight instruction stems from the countless hours flying cross-country around North America with friends and family – subconsciously passing on the joys and thrills of flying. He joined EFC in April 2019, and in December that year he joined the instructor ranks. He is also multi-instrument rated, multilingual, and circumnavigated the globe multiple times. Always setting his sights on the next challenge, an aerobatic rating is his next venture.

Trevor Spaulding

Class 4 Instructor

Trevor is an Alumni of the Edmonton Flying Club. He has been flying since 1988 when he began his private license. Since then he’s instructed in Las Vegas, flown tours in the Grand Canyon, and flew Night cargo. Then it was off to Thunder Bay Ontario to fly charters and Bearskin Airlines. Now Trevor is a Captain on the Boeing 737 at WestJet Airlines. Trevor is married with 4 children.

Allen Atefi

Class 4 Instructor

A University of Waterloo engineering graduate working in Alberta’s oil and gas sector, Allen had to patiently wait a few decades until he and his wife raised their two daughters before being able to pursue his passion for aviation and further advance his flight training. A member of EFC since 2016, Allen joined the EFC flight instructor team in the Fall of 2021. In his spare time, you will find Allen flying his plane with his wife to various interesting destinations in Canada and the US.

Radwan Hoche

Class 4 Instructor
After a discovery flight in 2018, Radwan became a member of EFC to finally pursue his childhood dream. After fulfilling his, he’s now helping others with theirs. 
 
Radwan, completed all his training through EFC and over the last couple years worked as Dispatch, Chief of Dispatch and has now proudly joined our Flight Instructor team. 
Besides flying, he loves traveling around the globe and meeting new people.

Jimmy Johnson

Class 4 Instructor

Jimmy conducted his PPL and CPL with EFC at the parkland airport (CPL6). During his time building, he travelled to Pitt Meadows (CYPK) and Waterloo International (CYKF) to observe other operations and airspaces.

Jimmy is originally from New Brunswick, but moved to Edmonton at a young age. He loves long walks on the beach, Piña colada’s, and getting caught in the rain.

Fadhl AbuGhanem

Class 4 Instructor

Fadhl started his flight training in 2018 at the Namao Flying Club after completing the Victimology Program at Algonquin College. His passion for flying stems from his time spent in Air Cadets as a young youth. He joined EFC in 2019 to complete his Multi-Engine Rating, Group 1, and the Flight Instructor Rating. He joined the instructor ranks in May of 2022.

Fadhl is originally from Ottawa and moved to Edmonton in 2016 for his current role as a Peace Officer with the City of Edmonton. Fadhl enjoys spending time with family and staying active in the gym.

Bill Dimmer

PPL Ground School Instructor

Bill has been an EFC Club member since 1987. He was a dispatcher before earning his Commercial License and eventually his Instructor Rating. Bill has also been a long time member of the CASARA group.