INSTRUCTORS & SUPPORT STAFF
Managing Director & Company Instructor (Part Time)
(Differences, Tailwheel, PPL Renewals & Revalidation, Formation and Type Conversions)
I learned to fly as an Air Cadet having gained an enthusiasm for flying from my father as a child. I soloed in a glider in 1961 at the age of 16, and gained my PPL on Austers at Luton in 1963.
I served in the RAF from 1962 to 1995 retiring in the rank of Group Captain. In the RAF much of my spare time was spent gliding and flying vintage aircraft.
I was an instructor on gliders and motor gliders, and led the first RAF gliding expedition over the Andes from Chile into Argentina in 1995.
I have worked for Marshall of Cambridge since 1996 and still have an unchecked passion passion for flying! I have competed a large number of long distance flights including in 2000 a Piper Aztec from Cambridge to Seattle in the USA, and in 2005 to the far North of Norway.
I am current on a wide number of aircraft types, including as a company pilot in the Piper Aztec. I have over 8,500 hours on 193 different types in my logbook!
I am proud and absolutely delighted to be making a contribution to one of the oldest and the finest Aero Club in the Country !
Chief Flying Instructor & Aero Club Manager
(PPL, Night, Aerobatics, Tailwheel & Differences Training, IR (R))
I first got the flying bug after spending many hours watching aerial crop spraying being carried out on our farm. I’ve been flying since 1985 in numerous aircraft types from single seat homebuilts to multi engined turbo props.
In all those years if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that you never stop learning!
I’m now proud to be running a team of Flying Instructors and admin staff at Cambridge Aero Club, all dedicated to helping others with their learning.
Company Flight Instructor
(PPL, Night, Aerobatics, Tailwheel & Differences Training, IR (R))
The ‘flying bug’ hit me at the age of 6, when my mother who was BA cabin crew at the time, gave me the opportunity to sit in the flight deck of a 747-400 en-route to Australia.
From that moment on, I was hooked. At the age of 21, I went on to train for my Commercial Pilots Licence and flew all over Florida and Cranfield.
After obtaining my Instructor qualification at Southend, I have taught in Southend, Blackbushe and various locations in Scotland, while admiring some stunning aerial views of mountains and Lochs.
Back on the ground, you may find me in a gym or a park, training and engaging in Kickboxing with my friends. It is my other long-standing love - an art that I have been training in, alongside Tae Kwon-Do and boxing for the last 10 years.
I look forward to meeting you at Cambridge Aero Club, and teaching you a new and exciting skill.
(PPL, Night, IR (R))
I started flying at the age of 19, gaining my PPL at Cambridge where I enjoyed 10 years of flying for pleasure before training for my Commercial Pilots Licence.
I trained again at Stapleford, completing the CPL/ME/IR and then at Andrewsfield on their Flight Instructors course.
I started instructing here at Cambridge in 2010, since then I have flown with student pilots across the UK and also pursued my great desire to fly in the corporate world; I flew the Citation Mustang, a great aircraft!
Shortly I realised the corporate world wasn’t all it cracked up to be, I returned to instructing for the personal touch, which I had missed.
When I’m not flying around in the air, you’ll find me flying around on a horse!!
PPL/IR(R) Examiner & Freelance Instructor
(PPL, Night, IR(R))
I was brought up on stories of flying from my grandfather who flew for Aden airways in the 50's and 60's and frequent visits to airshows at Shuttleworth and Duxford.
I gained my PPL at Cambridge Aero Club in the year 2000 expecting it would fully satisfy my desire to fly. It didn’t! After 3 years of flying with a PPL I quit my comfortable life as the Director of Training with a software company and completed my Commercial Licence (CPL/IR) in 2006. With 15 years as an Instructional Designer and Trainer, a flight instructors rating was a natural progression in my flying career. I started work as a part-time Instructor with Cambridge Aero Club, whilst spending the rest of my working time consulting & training within the IT sector.
I can be found at the Aero Club indulging my passion for excellence both in training and flying.
The joy of flying hit me when I was invited for a fun flight over the Irish seaside in a Piper Cub at the age of 21.
Since then I’ve never looked back and immersed myself in the world of aviation. This journey has been for the most part in the terrific Cessna 172, which has brought me to the blistering heat of Daytona International and to the icy cold flatlands of Lodz, Poland.
I’m delighted to be able to teach and engage with students from all walks of life and share my passion for flying.
(PPL, Night, Aerobatics, Tailwheel & Differences Training)
I’ve grown up in a flying environment, spending most of my childhood at a gliding club and with my father being an airline pilot. I then went on to gain my PPL on a tailwheel aircraft flying out of a small grass strip. I continued flying for fun, taking up aerobatics to keep things exciting.
However flying as a hobby wasn't fully satisfying the "flying bug" so I went on to study for my Commercial License and Instructor Rating so I could fly full time.
I now split my time working for a business aviation operator and here at Cambridge Aero Club to stay with the grass roots of flying.
I am a Class Rating Instructor and Instrument Rating Instructor. I specialise in training for the IMC rating (now the Instrument Rating (restricted)) and glass cockpit training for IFR as well as complex conversions.
My wife and I have been flying a Reims Rocket for the last 18 years and have toured around most of Europe and some other parts of the world, so my emphasis is on practical ‘real-world’ flying – mentoring and instructing. I have about 3,300 hours in the air, of which 1,000 are ‘sole instruments.’
I am also a FISO licensee and can sometimes be found in the tower at Duxford, so I do have an appreciation of both sides of the radio!
I originally learnt to fly gliders; soloing on my 16th birthday. I converted to a PPL at age 18 (with the Aero Club). After furthering my skills with the University Air Squadron, I became a powered flying instructor in 1987.
Whilst I primarily did this to build hours and get hired by my first airline, I thoroughly enjoy teaching. I still instruct on the Airbus and in gliders.
I learnt to fly as a National Serviceman in the RAF and quickly realized that flying was my ideal career and signed on for a permanent commission eventually serving 20 years in the RAF, mainly as a Cold War fighter pilot.
On leaving the RAF in 1974, I joined Marshalls as a test pilot and flying instructor.
After 12 years in Cambridge, I left to join Mission Aviation Fellowship and worked mainly in Nairobi for the next twelve years flying throughout central Africa.
When I left MAF and returned to Cambridge, the Aero Club were kind enough to take me on as a freelance instructor which I have now been doing for the last 15 years.
You may have worked out that I am now quite old but still enjoy introducing people to aviation. I like the friendly atmosphere in the club and hope to continue for a few more years.
(PPL, Night, IR (R))
I am currently following in the footsteps of my Grandfather, who tested aircraft in the inter-war period, & my Father, who was one of the first pilots to fly jet aircraft with the Fleet Air Arm, in becoming a pilot.
I always wanted to have the chance to fly & become a pilot due to the sense of freedom & excitement I have always felt whilst in the air, whether in small aircraft in Europe, Africa & South America or in Jumbo Jets heading abroad. As a result of my desire to become a pilot, and my love of aviation, I was accepted into flight training at Oxford Aviation Academy & graduated having successfully achieved a CPL ME/IR through an "ab initio" course.
After Oxford I completed a flight instructor course at Cranfield Flying School which enables me to pass on my knowledge & passion for aviation to the customers of Cambridge Aero Club.
I started instructing during my 20 yr career in the RAF when taught on the Jet Provost. My first flying at Cambridge was also in the Air Force for a period flying Air Experience Chipmunks here. Upon leaving the RAF, I came back to Cambridge as a pilot on the Marshall Hercules Test Team and instructed with the Aero Club, then on the Cessna152.
For the last 15 years I have been airline flying. Currently as an instructor and examiner on the Airbus A320. I have, nevertheless, kept in touch with light aircraft flying, which I love, on many SEP types including the Tigermoth, have a share in a 1946 vintage 65hp Aeronca and instructed my then teenage son through his PPL course a few years ago.
I am delighted to have the opportunity to fly at the Aero Club again, hopefully being able to pass on to you some thrills and the challenge of flying I have had the fortune to experience over the last 35 or so years.
Marshall Company Instructor
(PPL, Night, IMC, and Aerobatics)
My first flight was at age 14 with the Air Cadets at Cambridge, I gained my PPL via a flying scholarship here some years later; it’s nice to be back where it all started!
Before coming to Marshalls as an Experimental Test Pilot seven years ago, I spent 17 years in the RAF, the Canadian Air Force and the USAF flying various aircraft in a variety of roles. Now I mainly fly the Hercules and Global 6000/Vision.
Instructing is something I am passionate about and I love my part-time role teaching at the Aero Club. When I’m not flying I’m usually charging around on my horse, stargazing or practising my DIY skills.
Awaiting staff profile - check back soon!
Lead Administrator & Assistant Manager
I joined the Aero Club team in May 2007 and I run the reception and administration team who help to create the friendly and professional atmosphere you’ll encounter.
It’s been a steep learning curve for me as before working here I knew nothing about light aircraft or flying. Aviation has quickly become something I’m really passionate about, so I’ll readily pass on all I’ve learnt to anyone who’ll listen!
I’m the person who you’ll probably speak to first when you call or drop in. Please don’t hesitate to ask me anything – I’ll do my best to help!
Part Time Administrator
Updates coming soon!
I have recently joined the team at the Aero Club, having come from a completely different background as a sculptor. I am a practising bronze caster by trade and I like to think my creative and practical thinking stands me in good stead for my role here on reception.
Variation’s the word here as no two days are the same, and I am learning a great deal about aviation as the newby on the team! Everyone has been amazingly welcoming – both staff and students, and I have quickly realised how unique Cambridge Aero Club really is. I love the challenge each day brings and enjoy meeting people from all walks of life.
Looking forward to welcoming you to the club!