A few of our Industry Partners & Associates
Industry associates include the following companies:
- FAA – The Federal Aviation Administration, an operating mode of the U.S. Department of Transportation.
- Spirit Airlines – Ultra low-cost airline headquartered in Miramar, Florida.
- SkyBlue Jet Aviation – Aviation company specializing in advanced Aircraft Training, Aircraft Management, Crewing, & Consulting.
Introducing Our Team of Business Associates:
Deidra is a business leader highly experienced in aviation management. She previously served as Director of Operations of AeroStar prior to being promoted to Chief Operating Officer. In 2015, she took over as Owner and Chief Executive Officer and transformed the company into a multi-million 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, also located in Kissimmee, FL (KISM). Email: [email protected]
Bobby grew up in the Florida panhandle in a military family and later moved to Northern Georgia. He came to Central Florida after serving in the US Air Force. He worked as an aircraft technician, later becoming the Director of Maintenance for an aviation company in Orlando before starting his own maintenance firm in Kissimmee in 2014. He is married to Deidra Wilson, owner and CEO of AeroStar.
Spectrum Aero, our sister company specializes in aircraft inspection, maintenance, and repairs. For generations, Bobby’s family has been involved in many aspects of aviation and over time, it has become a passion of his as well, which he enjoys sharing with others through his work. Email: [email protected]
Dave Hensley is a retired Air Force Colonel with extensive commander experience in both high altitude reconnaissance and jet training operations. He is a graduate 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 other 5,000 hours of dual instruction given and holds an Airline Transport Pilot license. Email: [email protected]
AeroStar Training Services’ Flight Instructor Associates:
Captain Santo has accumulated over 14,000 hours flying Airbus A319/320/321/330, Boeing B747-400, B-727, Douglas DC-9, Learjet, Citation Jet, and Hansa Jet HF-320 aircraft. He has served as Check Airman, Flight Test Captain, Delivery Captain, Simulator Instructor, Training Center Evaluator, and Line Pilot for well-known airlines such as JetBlue Airways, NorthWest Airlines, Atlas Airlines, and American International Airways.
Captain Santo is also one of the original founders and former President of AeroStar Training Services, and has experience developing, managing, and constructing training programs and facilities from inception to completion.
Majid Khokhar earned his Bachelor of Science at the University of Punjab and has acquired more than 5,000 flight hours in his career as a pilot. He completed his flight training in Sanford, Florida and served as a flight instructor in Orlando from 2006 until 2011. He has served as a captain and first officer for GoJet Airlines on the CRJ-700/900 series as well as serving as a flight instructor for AeroStar Training Services since 2011.
Meet another one of our associates, Captain Jon Heyl. Captain Heyl has accumulated over 8,000 hours flying the Boeing 737 (BBJ, CL & NG), 767 and 747-400 along with the CE-650 and 500 and an additional 2,000 hours as SIM Instructor on 747, 767 and 737. Captain Heyl served as Training Center Evaluator (737), SIM, Ground and Flight Instructor, Chief Flight Instructor, Check Airman and TrainingCoordinator.
Captain Heyl is currently a SIM Ground Instructor and Check Airman on the Boeing 747-400 with Western Global Airlines, and previously flown with New Gen Airways (Bangkok, Thailand), Polaris, Swift Air, Miami Air and as Corporate Chief Pilot.
Captain Rafael Madrid has accumulated over 10,000 hours flying Boeing 767, Boeing 737, Airbus 320 family and Embraer 170/190 aircraft. Captain Madrid has served as Director of Flight Standards, Maintenance Test Pilot, Simulator Instructor, Line Instructor, Check Airman and Captain for various US-based and international airlines such as LAN Airlines, Eastern Air Lines, Spirit, and Republic Airlines.
Captain Madrid is also currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Science with a minor in Aerodynamics.