Meet Our Staff

Instructors

Adam Boyle

Examiner

PPL, Night, IAA Examiner (both UK and EASA PPL)

I’ve loved aeroplanes from a young age and gained my PPL in 2013. Afterwards, I toured the UK and Europe building experience and flying to some challenging destinations. I now fly the Boeing 737-800 short haul across Europe.

I qualified as a Flight Instructor in 2016 and enjoy passing on what I’ve learned as well as giving students the tools they need to fly safely and make good decisions.

I make learning to fly enjoyable and find it incredibly rewarding to see my students pass their PPL Skills Test.

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Alan Evans

Freelance Flying Instructor (CRI)

IR(R), CBIR, Differences Training

I am a Class Rating Instructor and Instrument Rating Instructor. I specialise in training for the IMC rating (now the Instrument Rating (restricted)), Competency Based Instrument Rating and glass cockpit (G1000) 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!

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Alex Brett

Freelance Flying Instructor (CRI)

Experience flights, Differences Training

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Amanda Harrison

Freelance Flying Instructor

PPL, Differences Training, PPL Ground School

I am delighted to have joined the Aero Club team and am keen to put my extensive hands on experience to good use in training new pilots. Having recently returned from my Solo2Darwin adventure in my 1942 Tiger Moth (DH82a) I am loving a bit of grass roots flight training with fantastic students!

 

I have more than 700 hours flying vintage aeroplanes and I can be seen regularly flying Tiger Moths across the UK. I’ve also added to my achievements, becoming a 4 times UK Distance over Speed Record Holder. If you learn anything from my story, it’s that I don’t give up easily!

 

Find out more on the Solo2Darwin website.

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Ed Nevill

Examiner

PPL & 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.

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George Sealey

Freelance Flying Instructor (CRI)

Aerobatics, Tailwheel. Differences Training

Aviation is so much more than a passion to me. I learned to fly at Cambridge Aero Club at the age of 19 and then went on to gain my aerobatic rating. Having an Extra 330 LT of my own, I honed my aerobatic skills over the last few years and still get an incredible buzz when pulling a loop or launching into a knife-edge spin.

In my spare time, you may find me indulging in my other passion – flying helicopters in and out of tricky spaces.

The most rewarding aspect of instructing at Cambridge Aero Club is witnessing my students developing their repertoire of aerobatic manoeuvres – and laughing & whooping in sheer enjoyment while doing so!

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Giorgio Manganiello

Company Flying Instructor

PPL, Differences Training

I started my aviation journey back in 2018 with Cambridge Aero Club where I completed my PPL, with the aim of eventually achieving a career as a pilot. At the start of 2021 I gained my commercial pilots licence and shortly after, completed my Flight Instructor rating. After all this I’m back to where it all started and I couldn’t be happier to be teaching at this fantastic school!

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James Kinane

Freelance Flying Instructor

PPL, Differences Training

**More about James coming soon!**

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Jay Sadri

Freelance Flying Instructor

PPL, Night, IR(R), Aerobatics, Tailwheel, Differences Training

 

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 the UK.

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.

Instructing at Cambridge Aero Club is incredibly rewarding.  Whether I’m teaching you to land a plane all by yourself, breaking through the cloud on an ILS approach, or enjoying the sunset while hanging inverted in the Extra 200 – you can guarantee that I will always be doing so with a smile.

I look forward to meeting you at Cambridge Aero Club, and teaching you a new and exciting skill.

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John Preece

Freelance Flying Instructor

PPL, Night

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.

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Jon Millson

Freelance Flying Instructor

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 flying around the world for a private operator out of Stansted and here at Cambridge Aero Club to stay with the grass roots of flying.

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Jonathan Hicks

Examiner & Freelance Flying Instructor

PPL, Night, IR(R), Aerobatics, Tailwheel, Differences Training

I learnt to fly at Seething Airfield after having lived in Seething village and watching the planes flying overhead, After a flight across the uk with a friend and always looking for the next challenge I decided flying was for me.

Having gained my PPL I took a share in an RV9a to build up my knowledge, experience and to have fun flying to different places.

Now instructing I enjoy helping  people realise their goals and watching them progress through their flight training.

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Michael Skakles

Freelance Flying Instructor

PPL, Night

I grew up at Royal Lochnagar Distillery in the Cairngorms, frequently attending airshows which led to a lifelong passion for aviation. I passed my PPL at Cleveland Flying School when I was seventeen, and was an active member of the University Air Squadron at RAF Leuchars.

I went on to obtain my Flight Instructor Rating in 2011 and take immense satisfaction in seeing my students gain their PPL. Now I primarily work with Titan Aviation flying their A320s full of passengers but can also be found at the Club a couple of days a week keeping my hand in with the Cessna172s!

When not flying, you can find me on the judo mat taking part in my other passion which I have been practising since five years old.

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Ricky Dolphin

Examiner & Freelance Flying Instructor

PPL, Night, IR(R), CBIR

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.

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Susan Szasz

Freelance Flying Instructor

PPL, Night, IR(R)

I had my first flying lesson in a Chipmunk as an air cadet when I was 16 years old and since then I knew all I wanted to do was become a pilot. I began lessons in earnest in 2004 whilst studying for my MSc in Safety Assessment and Aeronautics at Cranfield University and as soon as I completed my flight training, I became a flying instructor.

I have flown for numerous other operators since then, including the National Flying Laboratory Centre, flying the Jetstream 31 for Flight Test Courses and flying for a private owner on the King Air, but I have always been a flying instructor throughout and no matter what other type of flying or work that I do, there will always be time to instruct. I particularly love doing trial lessons and to see a student’s face for the first time when I hand over control of the aircraft!

Cambridge Aero Club is such a great place to be and I love the atmosphere and support that is provided to students, I feel privileged to be a part of such a great team.

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Administrators

Cat Vitebsky

Administrator

Artist and administrator

I have 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.

Every day is different here and there is always more to learn about aviation!  I love being part of such a varied and enthusiastic team and enjoy the challenges each day brings! Its always interesting meeting people from all walks of life doing what they love!

Looking forward to welcoming you to the club!

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Emma Byrne

Administrator

Admin and efficiency expert

I joined the team in June 2019. Coming from the Hotel & Spa industry, aviation is a whole new world to me!

I’m still very much on my learning journey but with every day being different from the last, I’m continuously learning something new. It’s fascinating meeting such a diverse range of people and I enjoy being part of a team that are so kind and have made me feel very welcome.

I look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to the Aero Club!

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Jack Forber

Administrator

Pilot and Administrator

More coming soon!

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Mike Webster

Pilot & Administrator

Tiger Aerobatics Pilot and administrator

**Watch this space for more about Mike, coming soon!**

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