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Meet the Pilot Instructors

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Tony Tiefenbach

Tony has an extensive career in teaching roles.  He served in the Air Force for 20 years.  He had two tours teaching during his career. One at the Canadian Forces School of Aerospace and Ordnance Engineering and another at 426 Squadron at CFB Trenton teaching systems for the CC130 Hercules and CC137 Boeing 707.  After his retirement Tony attended Queen’s University, McArthur College for Education. Upon graduation he taught for the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board and held the position of Department Head of Technology.  When a local college started an Aviation Program Tony quickly jumped at the chance to get back into aviation.  Always spending summers in the Kingston area he saw an opportunity to move to the Kingston area and at the same time teach his passion – Aviation.

Tony holds an ATPL license and ratings include Class 1 Instructor, Multi IFR, Night, Float and had a Class 2 Aerobatic Instructor rating

Gerry Thompson

I started flying exactly 50 years ago. I obtained my private and commercial pilot license and instructor rating with the Ottawa Flying Club where I worked for over forty years as a flight instructor. I flew a Citation Jet for two years for Loeb Corporation flying executives to various airports across North America. I am a Class 1 flight instructor with over 24,000 hours of flight time. Interests outside of flying consist of riding my Harley Davidson and hanging out with Bailey, my Yellow Labrador Retriever. I enjoy flying with students and providing the upmost in professional flight training to help them reach their goals in aviation at Global Flight Training Solutions.

Carolyn Dziawa

A lifelong interest in aviation turned into a passion after I took my first flying lesson in 2018. I have a M.Sc. in Earth Sciences and spent several years at the University of Ottawa before recently making the switch to working in aviation full-time. I love teaching and it is always a thrill to see students master new skills and achieve their dreams. When I’m not instructing, I enjoy flying my Piper Cherokee.

I am a class 2 flight instructor with night, multi-engine, group 1 instrument, and seaplane ratings. Primarily based at the Smiths Falls / Montague Airport, I am an instructor at both GFTS and the Smiths Falls Flying Club.


Our vision at Global Flight Training Solutions is to be recognized as a leading flight school in the global aviation industry, and to be known for our commitment to excellence in aviation education and training. We aim to create a dynamic learning environment that fosters creativity, innovation, and continuous improvement, and to equip our students with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in today rapidly evolving aviation landscape. Through our focus on safety, professionalism, and personalized attention, we strive to empower our students to become highly skilled and confident pilots, and to prepare them for successful careers in the aviation industry. Our goal is to set the standard for excellence in aviation education and training, and to be a source of pride and inspiration for our students, faculty, and alumni.


Our mission at Global Flight Training Solutions is to provide excellence in aviation education and training to our students, and to prepare them for successful careers in the global aviation industry. We are committed to providing a safe, professional, and welcoming learning environment that fosters student success, and we strive to create a culture of excellence in everything we do. Through our experienced and knowledgeable instructors, state-of-the-art facilities, and cutting-edge training technologies, we aim to deliver the highest quality flight training available. Our goal is to instill in our students a lifelong passion for aviation and a commitment to excellence in all aspects of their careers.

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