A few of our industry partners & associates include:

 

To introduce a few members of our AeroStar team:

Deidra Toye – Owner & CEO

Deidra has over 13 years of experience working in Flight Training. She has served as a Receptionist, Training Center Coordinator, Office Manager, and Director of Operations prior to being promoted to Chief Operating Officer.  In 2015, she took over as Owner and Chief Executive Officer of AeroStar Training Services, and transformed it into a multimillion-dollar international corporation. Under her leadership, AeroStar has gained recognition as one of the finest aviation-training providers in the world, by serving the needs of individuals as well as flight schools, colleges/universities, government agencies, and airlines across the globe. In addition to her success in the flight training industry, she is Owner and Chief Operating Officer of Spectrum Aero Maintenance Services in Kissimmee, FL (KISM).

 

David Santo – A320 Examiner Captain 

Captain David Santo

Captain Santo has accumulated over 14,000 hours flying Airbus A-319/320/321/330, Boeing B-747-400, B-727, Douglas DC-9, Learjet, Citation Jet, and Hansa Jet HF-320 aircraft. Captain Santo has served in positions as Check Airman, Flight Test Captain, Delivery Captain, Simulator Instructor, Training Center Evaluator and line pilot for various well known airlines such as JetBlue Airways, North West Airlines (now part of Delta Airline), Atlas Airlines and American International Airways. Captain Santo is also one of the original founders and former President of AeroStar Training Services, who has experience developing, managing, and constructing training programs and facilities from inception to completion.

 

 

Dave Hensley – Training Center Manager & Director of Training Services

Dave Hensley is the Training Center Manager and Director of Training Services for AeroStar. He is a retired Air Force Colonel with extensive commander experience in both high altitude reconnaissance and jet training operations. He is a graduateDave-Hensley-224x300 of the USAF Academy and also earned a Master of Education degree in curriculum and instruction from South Dakota State University. His military flying career includes experience as a WC-130 “Typhoon Chaser” weather reconnaissance pilot, a T-38 “Talon” advanced jet instructor and evaluator, as well as a U-2/TR-1 “Dragon Lady” instructor/evaluator. After a full military flying career, Dave retired and continued to fulfill his passion for aviation as a flight instructor. He was a flight academy Part 141 Chief Instructor and also a Part 142 Training Center Evaluator. He is a FAA Gold Seal flight instructor and also holds the National Association of Flight Instructor’s Master Flight Instructor designation. He has over 10,000 flight hours with over 5000 hours of dual instruction given and holds an Airline Transport Pilot license.

 

Rob Becker – Director of Flight Training

Director of Flight Training, Rob Becker has been flight instructing full-time since 2009. Rob holds an ATP, MEL, and SEL license. Rob’s instructor ratings include CFI, CFII, and MEI with Gold Seal. He also has his Ground Instructor and Advanced Instrument Ground Instructor Ratings. He has 4,500 total flight hours and has given over 4,000 hours of instruction. He has also given 1,000 hours of multi-engine instruction. Rob has been happily married to his wife Lyn for 29 years and together they have two adult children.

 

 

Dr. Michelle Viens – Director of Operations                     Bio Pic

Dr. Michelle Viens is a professional and educated business executive with over ten years of extensive experience in aviation training, business development, customer service, and management experience. With a Masters degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and a Doctorate degree in Business Administration, she offers a unique combination of technical, financial, and analytical skills to assist students from their first inquiry to graduation. Dr. Viens oversees all training center operations and assists with navigating students through their training with AeroStar, helping them to achieve their aviation career goals.

 

Marina Van Esselstyn – Director of Admissions

Bio Coming Soon!

 

 

 

Daniel Sanchez – Director of Business Development

Daniel Sanchez was born in Puerto Rico and was raised in Orlando, Florida. Before transitioning into aviation he had his own Environmental Consulting and Testing Firm for over 10 years. However, aviation was always his passion. He started flight training in 2002 and finally in 2013, he earned his Commercial Pilot certificate. Since then, he has been able to continue his passion as a Professional Pilot and travel the world as an Aviation Business Development professional. He is currently pursuing his A320 type rating, since his passion for learning new things is something that he lives for.

 

Robin Frey – Director of Marketing

Over the past 12 years, Robin Frey has held marketing positions in various capacities including engineering, education, & hospitality. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Illinois State University and is currently completing a Master in Business Administration with a focus on Aviation from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Prior to joining AeroStar, Robin taught high school career technical education business and marketing courses. Ever since her discovery flight in 2015, she’s been hooked on aviation.

 

Andy Hammond – Training Center Coordinator

Andy Hammond grew up in Baltimore, MD, completed his A.B. Summa Cum Laude in English and Philosophy at Syracuse University as a double major, and attended the University of Cincinnati’s Ph.D program in Philosophy before dropping out and learning to fly airplanes instead. He’s worked as a CFI/CFII/MEI since 2001, earning Gold Seal status and specializing in Technically Advanced Aircraft and the training of other Certified Flight Instructors. He joined AeroStar in 2016 as our Training Center Coordinator. He can also teach you to juggle if you’ve got fifteen minutes.

 

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