Amanda Lippitt

Chief Flight Instructor
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!

Sophia Wells

Former Chief Flight Instructor
Class 1 Multi IFR Instructor/ Flight 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.

Sophia is currently on maternity leave and is excited to soon welcome home a baby girl.

Justin Bailey

Class 1 Multi IFR Instructor
Multi Engine 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.

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.

Allen A.

Class 3 Instructor
Assistant CFI, MIFR Instructor, CSIP

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 and now teaches MIFR and is also a Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot (CSIP) in addition to being EFC’s Assistant CFI.

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 3 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.

Mohamad Mahfouz

Class 3 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.

Martin Edwards

Class 4 Instructor

Marty was bitten by the aviation bug early in life when his father (Retired RAF pilot) would take him flying in his ultralight from farm strips in England where he is originally from. He completed his PPL & CPL in Squamish BC, before moving to Edmonton to become a flight instructor.

Marty loves everything that flies and has had some truly memorable experiences flying a Tiger Moth, Super Decathlon, ultralights and para-motors.

When not flying, Marty can be found on the local ski slopes with his wife and children… or watching Star Trek.

Hannah McKay

Class 4 Instructor
Event Sponsorship Coordinator

Hannah started her aviation journey in 2018 as a Flight Attendant. She realized she was on the wrong side of the flight deck door and began flight training in 2020. Hannah came to the Edmonton Flying Club in 2021 to complete her Commercial license, Multi engine rating, and more recently her Flight Instructor rating.

When she is not flying at EFC, Hannah works as the Membership and Community Outreach Coordinator with Elevate Aviation. She loves giving back to the community when she can and inspiring the next generation of pilots. Outside of aviation, she can be found on her snowboard in the winter and mountain bike in the summer enjoying nature with her family.

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.

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.