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Highland Aviation are an EASA/CAA Approved Training Organisation
Highland Aviation Team

Members of our team are always available in our offices to answer questions and provide help.





Director / Gyrocopter Instructor

Will has been a Director of Highland Aviation since October 2017, having enjoyed previous careers in the Armed Forces, Structural Engineering and International Education. His previous experience in people/project management is allowing rapid change and improvement to this growing company.

In addition to his directorial responsibilities, Will is also our resident Gyrocopter Instructor.

Will's normal work days are: Monday to Saturday




Nick joined Highland Aviation in August 2019, and comes from a background of management and leadership in international educational, holding posts in Slovakia, Italy, Vietnam, Austria and India. Having worked with Will over a number of years previously, Nick's interpersonal skills and management style compliment the new vision for the company.

Nick's normal work days are: Sunday to Thursday


Our Instructors



Head of Training

Sam is an experienced commercial pilot with over 2700 hours to his name and a number of years of airline flying.

During his time with Highland Aviation, Sam has proved his professionalism, expertise and dedication to flight training. Sam's calm and composed manner continues to be popular amongst our students.

Qualifications: CPL(A), FI(A), GR

Instructs: LAPL(A), PPL(A), Mountain Flying Course, Beach Landing Course & Night Rating

Availability: Wednesday to Sunday.




Leigh has been a pilot for more than 20 years, during much of this time he has been an RAF categorised instructor teaching RAF/CCF Cadets. Whilst he continues to fly for the RAF as a reservist, he has turned his attention to civilian flight training.

Leigh is highly knowledgeable, professional, and with his great sense of humour and is a fantastic addition to the team.

Qualifications: PPL(A), FI(A), GR

Instructs: LAPL(A), PPL(A), Mountain Flying, Beach Landing Course

Availability: Friday to Tuesday.


Aitken Paton - Profile photo


Aitken is an experienced pilot and has been flying since 1991. A regular face at Highland Aviation and light aircraft owner, Aitken also has extensive experience of simple and complex airframes.

Qualifications: CRI(A), IR(R), Night Rating.

Instructs: SEP revalidations, Complex conversions, LAPL to EASA PPL and NPPL to EASA PPL conversions.


Our Examiners




Alan is a stalwart of the aviation industry who conducts many of our LAPL(A) and PPL(A) skills tests. Alan has worked an outstanding career consisting of more than 26,000 flight hours with a significant portion of these as a 747 Captain.

Qualifications: ATPL(A), FI(A), FE, FIC




Simon is an experienced commercial pilot with many hours logged. Building even further on this with his time spent as an examiner, Simon has a wealth of knowledge and insight on offer for our students.

Qualifications: ATPL(A), FI(A), FE, GR

Instructs: IR(R)


Our Operations Team



Operations, Accounts - Full Time

As our operations expert at Highland Aviation, Joss ensures the smooth running of our day-to-day activities. With an extensive understanding of the aviation industry, he is very keen to share this knowledge with student pilots and customers.

Joss also administers our day-to-day company accounts.

Joss' normal work days are: Tuesday to Saturday



Operations - Full Time

Rob was a long-time customer of Highland Aviation before becoming an employee. Having held a PPL(A) since Feb 2017, Rob intends to continue his studies to become an Aeroplane Flight Instructor.

Rob's normal work days are: Saturday to Wednesday




Operations, Marketing and Events- Full Time

Our newest member of the Highland Aviation Team, Katie creates a cheery atmosphere to welcome all our customers and visitors. 

Katie has vast customer service experience and is always on hand to ensure that all of our visitors receive the highest standard of service.

A valued addition to the team, Katie also takes responsibility for all our marketing and events coordination. 

Katie's normal work days are: Thursday to Monday




Our CAMO & Maintenance Team


CAMO Manager - Part Time

Paul is responsible for the operations of our EASA Part-MG maintenance.

Alongside our Part-66 Licenced Engineers Paul manages our customers continuing airworthiness and aircraft maintenance needs through the Highland Aviation approved CAMO awarded to us by the CAA in July 2013.

Paul's normal working days are: Tuesday to Friday



Maintenance Manager - Full Time

Barry is responsible for the operations of our EASA Part-MF maintenance.

Barry has been with us since 2013 in a Part Time capacity, but from 2018 became our Full Time Part 66 Engineer and Maintenance Manager.  He is a real asset to the company and remains the friendly face in the hangar come rain or shine.  Barry is a very experienced engineer qualified to work on a wide range of aircraft from single piston to turbine, fabric and metal construction.

Barry's normal working days are: Monday to Friday



Engineer - Full Time

Giuseppe joined us in 2017 in our growing engineering department. He has quickly become a very valued member of the team with a wealth of mechanical training at his disposal.

Pepe's normal working days are: Monday to Friday