Meet The Red Baron Team

 

JOEL HASKI - Chief Pilot / Director

Joel’s passion for flying was ignited when he first went gliding at the age of 16. After finishing school Joel began his formal flight training at Sydney Aerobatic School (now Red Baron) where he attained his commercial licence in 1994 and commenced flying for Red Baron Adventures. Joel was the NSW Aerobatics Champion in 1995 and in 1997 became an instructor at Sydney Aerobatic School, which he eventually bought in 2005 along with the Red Baron business. Joel has well in excess of 5000 aerobatic flight hours as well as experience in charter and aerial photography for film and television. Joel specialises in advanced and competition aerobatic instruction when he’s not thrilling passengers on one of our Adventure Flights or performing air displays at major events. 

 

 

AMIR ZOGHI - Pilot and Director

Amir flew solo at the age of 16 like many young aviation enthusiasts. After finding that his passion was not to be an airline pilot, Amir found himself moving onto other career options. After leaving his aviation dreams behind, he spent most of the next 14 years building business’s and travelling the world as an International speaker and coach. After succeeding on his ventures, Amir realised that the passion of aviation was not something he could ever switch off and he endeavoured to make a return to flying and pick up where he left off. Soon enough Amir found himself at Red Baron getting his aerobatic training, followed by attaining his commercial pilots license.

Today Amir is a pilot and partner at Red Baron, a regular competitor at Australian aerobatics competitions, as well as continuing to coach and speak with individuals and large groups.

 

 PAUL TARDIVEL - Pilot

With a love of all things flying and having thought it would never happen, Paul decided to show you can teach an “old dog” new tricks! Having had fun racing motorcycles he thought it was time to try his first love! He now has been flying for eight years with Red Baron, including his flight training, and now enjoys the fruits of his labour by doing aerobatic joy flights for the company.

 

 

BRENDAN ROBERTS - Pilot

Brendan was born with flying in his blood. Following in his fighter pilot father’s footsteps, Brendan joined the Royal Australian Air Force after completing high school. During his fifteen year career in the RAAF Brendan attained a degree in aeronautical engineering and flew a wide variety of aircraft including the PC9, Macchi MB326H jet, F/A-18 Hornet and DHC-4 Caribou. Brendan was an RAAF qualified flight instructor and taught Defence Force students on the Pilatus PC9. He also completed a tour as a military exchange flight instructor with the Royal New Zealand Air Force. Brendan joined the Red Baron team in 2009 and continues to share his flying passion with our customers when he’s not busy with his political career.

 

MARK THOMSON - Pilot

‘Thomo’s passion for flying started twenty five years ago after playing Biggles at a primary school performance in the UK. Following completion of high school Mark joined the Royal Air Force (RAF) prior to moving to Australia and joining the Red Baron team in 2002. Mark enjoys nothing more than to take time out from his associate director role at a major financial firm and thrill adventure customers in the Pitts Special and Extra 200, minus the Biggles outfit!

 

ENZO IACONO - Pilot

Enzo has been flying for over twenty years and spent much of that time as a pilot and aerobatic flight instructor for Red Baron. With a long list of ratings and endorsements Enzo has flown aerobatics, formation, twin-engine charter and international ferry flying, as well as flying for photographic shoots and TV commercials. Enzo continues to fly with Red Baron as an aerobatic display and adventure pilot.

 

DAN TOMIC - Pilot and Instructor

Dan first began his flying career when he decided to undertake a Bachelor of Aviation at UNSW in 2010. After being given the opportunity to pursue a cadetship overseas, he jumped at the chance, completing his commercial pilot licence and multi-engine instrument rating qualifications in New Zealand. He then accepted a role flying for a commercial airline, and underwent further training in the UK before returning to Australia to work. He soon discovered that far from the commercial airline world, he prefers the adrenaline rush of being upside down in the air instead – and so the pursuit of aerobatics began! He soon clocked up his hours, and became an aerobatics instructor as well as competitor - winning medals at both state and national aerobatics championship levels. Officially joining the Red Baron team in 2016, he looks forward to continuing to do what he loves, alongside honing his skills as both an instructor and serious aerobatics competitor. 

NAOMIE SMITH - Customer Relations & Flight Operations

Our latest arrival to the Red Baron Team.  Naomie is your first point of call at Red Baron and the friendly, helpful voice you will hear when calling for your next adventure or private flight.

With a wide-ranging background in many industries, Naomie is here to make your flight bookings as effortless as possible all while being an integral part of the Red Baron business.