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Leadership & Team

Industry Experts, Invested in You
First Class Aviation Careers

Our People, Your Power

At Sterling Flight Training, we know our students are seeking superior instruction and preparation to be able to attain highly successful careers as pilots. With more than 100 years of commercial aviation experience, the Sterling leadership team has trained thousands of pilots that are working with some of the world’s greatest airlines. 

Leveraging our airline industry experience, not only will our Sterling aviators receive best-in-class flight training preparation, but also immediate connections to airline opportunities around the globe upon completion of training – and a lifelong network of mentors, colleagues, and close friends.

Wayne C. Heller
Chief Executive Officer
Antonio Burgi
Chief Flight Instructor
April Shereda
Manager of People
Alex Santiago
Flight Instructor
Andrae Joubert
Flight Instructor
Ashlynn
Flight Instructor
Christopher Clement
Flight Instructor
Clayton Walker
Flight Instructor
Hans Bodewig
Flight Instructor
Jill Lewis
Accounting Clerk
Josh Benfield
Flight Instructor
Kayla Dexter
Flight Instructor
Kerelos Bekhit
A&P Mechanic
Lisa Reed
Office & Admissions Administrator
Mohamed Abdelkhalek
Flight Instructor
Paula Rios
Administrative Assistant
Sam Wingfield
Aircraft Maintenance Manager
Steve Anderson
Flight Instructor
Training You Can Trust

We'll Take You Higher

Did you know the airline industry is facing a significant pilot shortage, with reports indicating that 637,000 new commercial airline pilots will be needed worldwide by 2036?


At Sterling Flight Training, we have been addressing this growing shortage with the equipment, aircraft, and technology required to provide a superior flight training experience. It is our leadership and staff members, especially, that hold the unique power of Sterling as they represent many decades of industry experience and executive leadership.

Why do they choose Sterling? Our leaders and instructors are here because there is nothing more rewarding than connecting a newly licensed graduate from Sterling with his or her first job as a pilot.

At Sterling, we leverage our industry expertise, aircraft, technology, and student culture to create an unforgettable experience for future aviators. The result? Successful pilots who are experiencing the same upward altitude in their careers as in their daily ascent during flight.

Wayne C. HellerChief Executive Officer

Ready to Soar?

Ready to be a Professional Pilot? Want to experience our Redbird FMX Simulator, or join our ranks via your university’s aviation program? Let’s get you in the air.

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