Meet AlteX Flight Instructors and Training Team. We are experts with background in filming, engineering, real estate and public safety. We bring modern training into the drone industry by building professional, accessible and enjoyable training courses.

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As one of the first entrepreneurs to enter the drone industry, Yifei has over 15 years of combined experience in film production, drone equipment build, public education, government works and technologies consulting. Yifei leads the vision at AlteX Academy to deliver result driven training and technologies solutions.

Yifei Zhao Operations Director

Yifei ZHAO

Operations Director

As a co-founder, Alex brings over 20 years of film production and equipment experience into the drone industry. As one of the pioneers to build and fly heavy-lift drones, Alex continues to explore drone technologies and develop result driven solutions.

Alex Shvartsev

Alex SHVARTSEV

Technical Director

With over 20 years of land development and build experience, Jasmine brings a diverse background from business, technology, and engineering practices. Together with AlteX senior team, Jasmine helps to integrate drone technologies with industrial solutions.

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Jasmine WANG

Program Lead

Matthew is a Professional Golfer turned photographer with over 10 years of experience in high-end real estate marketing. Also a founder at Stallone Media Group, Matthew brings a wealth of experience building drone photography courses that help students acquire photography as well as business skills.

Matthew STALLONE

Matthew STALLONE

Program Lead

Andy spent 30 years in emergency services with experience in a variety of specialized roles. Having been involved in drone operations since 2009, Andy believes a successful public safety drone operation must include a task focused training program that involves both skills and human factors to produce highly competent pilots.

Andy OLESEN

Andy OLESEN

Program Lead

Colin has over 20 years of public safety experience and has been operating drones in the same industry since 2013. He leads the specialty drone program at Element 3 Robotics in partnership with AlteX Academy, along with a vision to implement a competency based training for complex operations.

Colin GILES

Colin GILES

Program Lead

Joe is a civil engineering technologist with over 20 years of experience in training for solar inspection, infrastructure inspection, precision survey, and construction monitoring projects. Joe brings a wealth of experience from training and engineering background to help students achieve results.

Flight Instructor

Joe MARKOVIC

Flight Instructor

An aviation enthusiast with a fear of heights, Edward Melnike naturally gravitated toward remotely-piloted aircraft systems. With over 20 years experience in property management and a graduate of AlteX Academy, Edward embraces challenges and enjoys enhancing projects with drones for a large network of professionals.

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Edward MELNIKE

Flight Instructor

Martin is a technologist specializing in electronics and wireless communications. With over 25 years of experience in military and public-safety settings, Martin also shared a passion for aviation all his life. Having flown his first plane at an age of 15, Martin brings a wealth of experience into his drone work.

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Martin MCCULLOCH

Flight Instructor

With a professional videographer background, Frank became a navigator of the skies with a passion for seeing the world from a birds eye view. Graduated from AlteX Academy in 2018, Frank has been using his passion and experience to help others become professional drone pilots.

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Frank SANTOS

Flight Instructor

Brian is a team player who takes the lead to execute all AlteX marketing research and initiatives. Managing the day-to-day social media, YouTube and other communications, Brian helps to build AlteX brand awareness and engagement.

Brian KIM

Brian KIM

Marketing Coordinator

Kenzi is a management professional with background in admin and accounting. Working along side the training and consulting team, Kenzi ensures AlteX student support and client services are delivered to the highest standards.

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Kenzi XI

General Manager

AlteX training vision is supported by our subject experts across various industry sectors. They bring practical experience and up-to-date industry knowledge to AlteX drone courses. Supported by a professional training team, our instructors help students graduate with industry ready drone skills.

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