Deputy Head of Training
Ian came to the world of flying in 2004 through the route many of you may take – one trial lesson and he was hooked. A private licence soon followed in 2005 along with the drastic decision to become a full time pilot and enrol on a CPL(H) modular course.
The CPL was gained in 2006 and along with it professional work primarily on the Jetranger and the EC120 based at both Coventry and Damyns Hall (East London). Typical duties included weddings, Central London pleasure flights, and the usual sporting events such as Ascot and Silverstone.
Whilst working as a commercial pilot Ian also continued to build his hours to reach that elusive 250 hours and commence his flight instructor’s course (FIC). He became an instructor in 2007 and secured a position at Aeromega in 2008 after having spent some time teaching at both Coventry and Damyns Hall.
Ian has a strong technical background, being a mechanical engineer and having a BSc(Hons) in Computer Science. He very much enjoys the challenge of teaching what can be a complex discipline and he loves to see that spark of realisation as students begin to grasp the subject. That and being able to share in the great journey from novice to qualified pilot capable of flying a helicopter across the country.
Ian now holds the post of Deputy Head of Training and can normally be found teaching from Wednesdays through to Sundays, he is rated on the R22, R44, R66, Jetranger and EC120.
Outside flying Ian also enjoys snowboarding, rugby, tennis and cycling and is our resident computer whizz.