BAA Training instructors team

Team of
Instructors

We are proud to have a team of experts united by the same goal to help the new generation of aviation specialists grow and succeed.

All our ground and flight school instructors are highly educated, holding at least a Bachelor’s/Master’s degree or a Ph.D. They are former military pilots, ATC controllers, Captains, glider pilots and skydivers from various countries, such as Lithuania, France, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, Latvia and other.

Meet our
TOP-TIER EXPERTS

Kenneth Mark Sorensen
Head of Training

My airline career started in 2007. Since then, I have flown as a Co-Pilot, Captain, Line Training Captain, and Line Check Captain for several airlines. I have accumulated around 6,000 hours of flying experience and a total of around 2,500 hours of simulator training or checking on all variants of the Boeing 737 from Classic, NG to the MAX. In addition, I have also worked in various training organizations, playing key roles there.

Duties at BAA Training:

  • Being responsible for compliance with Part-FCL/ORA regulations and responsibility.
  • Ensuring the relevance of training programs.
  • Implementing new training requirements to ensure the highest training quality.
  • Ensuring timely communication with related CAA.
  • Being a leader of the ATO team, including flight school and TRTO.
Vytautas Stankevicius

Vytautas Stankevicius
Deputy Head of Training

Duties at BAA Training:

  • Playing a key role in controlling proper TRTO processes based on JAR-FCL.
  • Ensuring the relevance of training programs.
  • Establishing new learning trends with the product line team.
  • Ensuring timely communication with CAA.
  • Managing the student assessment process.

My airline career started in 1981. Since then, I have flown as a Co-Pilot and Captain for a number of airlines. I have accumulated 13000 hours of flying experience as a Pilot in Command and a total of 16500 on aircraft, including B737, A320, SAAB 2000, ATR 42 and JAK 40. In addition, I have worked as TRI/TRE of B737 and A320 since 2010.

Omar El Sawi
Deputy Chief Flight Instructor for Initial Pilot Training

I’ve been flying since 2013 and joined BAA Training as an instructor in 2019. Throughout my career, I’ve piloted various single and multi-engine aircraft, including Cessna, Piper, Tecnam, and Diamond models. My primary focus has been providing comprehensive training to instructors and students that aligns with the modern demands of the airline industry. Over the years, I’ve trained students for BAA Training, its clients, and reputable airlines. In addition to delivering airline pilot training, I’ve also provided tailored instruction to flight instructors of diverse levels, meeting their respective company’s professional requirements and expectations.

Duties at BAA Training:

  • Lead and manage the standardization process for instructors in the Ab Initio department.
  • Conduct assessments for instructors during initial recruitment and standardization procedures.
  • Ensure strict adherence to BAA Training’s standard procedures and safety regulations throughout flight training.
  • Oversee Ab Initio flight operations.

David Torrijos Azores
Deputy Chief Flight Instructor

Duties at BAA Training:

  • Implementing the Standardization process for TRTO instructors, verifying its compliance with BAA Training Standards and the regulatory agencies.
  • Collecting data on instructors’ training performance and implementing corrective actions in case of deviation from BAA Standards or occurrences in cooperation with HT and CFI.
  • Collecting data on training occurrences and implementing corrective actions to minimize the repetitive issues in cooperation with HT and CFI.
  • Collecting and evaluating student and BAA Training staff feedback regarding training and operation efficiency.

I have been flying since 2003. I started my flying career as a Flight Instructor training PPL students. In 2005, I began flying CRJs in Air Nostrum, where I also reached a TRI/SFI position as Deputy Technical Manager and Safety Officer. Since 2014, I have been an A320 Captain and a Line Training Captain. In addition, I am a TRI and Senior TRE for the A320 with almost 2000h as TRI on CRJ and A320 FFS. I have logged more than 11000 flying hours and regularly fly a YAK52 in my free time as an aerobatic pilot.

Oriol Rodriguez Flotats
Deputy Head of Training for Initial Pilot Training

I have been dedicated to flight instruction since 2015, collaborating with different ATOs as a Theoretical Knowledge Instructor of different subjects and as a Flight Instructor. I joined BAA Training in 2019, becoming involved in instructors’ standardization and students’ progress evaluation. My goal is clear: to enhance the safety of our operations day by day and to elevate the quality of training of future pilots.

Duties at BAA Training:

  • Observing and evaluating the students’ progress.
  • Monitoring the standardization and supervising its execution for Ab Initio Flight Instructors.
  • Ensuring that training programs and the relevant provisions of manuals are related to initial pilot training.
  • Ensuring training programs are updated timely and in accordance with regulations and internal needs.
  • Ensuring the compliance of practical training exercises with relevant training program requirements.

Jose Manuel dos Reis Dias
Deputy Chief Theoretical Knowledge Instructor

Duties at BAA Training:

  • Coordinating and executing initial theoretical training in all bases.
  • Implementing and monitoring the latest training methodologies and systems of theoretical training.
  • Preparing Theoretical Knowledge Instructors (TKIs) for training.
  • Supervising TKIs’ work and regularly standardizing all TKIs.
  • Ensuring timely training performance.
  • Ensuring training effectiveness and qualitative teaching.
  • Guaranteeing timely and high-quality examination.
  • Overseeing Area 100 KSA for courses and TKIs.

My enthusiasm for aviation started when I got my PPL(A) in 1980. After that, I followed a career as an Operational Meteorologist, Theoretical Knowledge Instructor, and Air Operations Officer with the Portuguese Air Force. Since 2015, I have been mainly dedicated to professional aviation courses, teaching Meteorology, and Human Performance. Since 2018, I have also been teaching Area 100 KSA and Teaching and Learning for Flight Instructor courses. Since January 2023, I have been Deputy Chief Theoretical Knowledge Instructor at BAA Training.

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