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Our Team



Will - Director / Flight 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 Head of Gyrocopter Training, and trains student flight instructors from around the UK.

Qualifications: PPL(G), FI(G), FIC(G), GE

Instructs: PPL(G), FI(G), Mountain Flying Course, Beach Landing Course



Nick - Director / Business Manager

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 complement the new vision for the company.

Nick manages the majority of the company administration.





Sam - Head of Training

Sam has been flying for over 16 years, both as a recreational and commercial pilot. He has worked in Portugal, Italy and the UK and flown a variety of single and multi-engine pistons, as well as the B737.

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), Night Rating, LAPL Conversion, Beach Landing and Mountain Flying courses.



Hamish - Flight Instructor

Hamish joined us in 2020 when he qualified as a Flight Instructor. He has a great sense of humour and is a reliable and popular member of the team. In his spare time, Hamish is a keen yachtsman.

Hamish has built his experience flying single and multi-engine pistons.

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

Instructs: LAPL(A), PPL(A), Night Rating.



Aidan - Flight Instructor

Aidan has previously trained and worked in a variety of countries, from Uganda and Australia, to the Isle of Skye.

Most of Aidan’s experience has been gained flying single and multi-engine pistons. He has a variety of hobbies, including urban exploration and computer programming, and is a qualified Chef.

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

Instructs: LAPL(A), PPL(A).



Aitken - Flight Instructor

Aitken is an experienced pilot, flying since 1991. An aircraft owner himself, Aitken has extensive experience flying simple and complex aircraft.

Qualifications: PPL(A), CRI(A), IR(R), NR

Instructs: SEP Revalidations, Complex Conversions, EASA LAPL to PPL Conversions, NPPL to EASA PPL Conversions, Mountain Flying Course, Beach Landing Course


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Nick - Flight Instructor

Nick is the newest member of the flight instructor team, and with his good humour, professionalism, (and good appetite for cakes) means he fits right in at Highland Aviation.

Nick's primary role is to teach the Private Pilot's Licence to new Gyrocopter pilots, as well as flying air tours / trial lessons. 

Qualifications: PPL(G), FI(G)

Instructs: PPL(G)





Alan - Flight Examiner

Alan has a long relationship with Highland Aviation and is a stalwart of the aviation industry. He ia our primary flight examiner for our LAPL and PPL skills tests.

Alan has worked an outstanding flying career consisting of more than 26,000 hours with a significant portion of these as a 747 Captain.

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

Instructs: IR(R), FI(A)



Simon - Flight Examiner

Simon has a long history in commercial aviation with over 13,000 hours. Simon has flown many types of aircraft, including most variants of the A320, B737 and B747 families. Simon is our primary IMC instructor as well as a LAPL and PPL examiner.

Simon also trains RAF Cadets, sharing his passion and experience with younger generations.

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

Instructs: IR(R), Mountain Flying Course, Beach Landing Course





Joss - Operations

Joss joined Highland Aviation in 2018 and is responsible for the smooth running of our day-to-day activities.  With an extensive understanding of the aviation industry, and a fixed wing pilot, he is very keen to share this knowledge with student pilots and customers.  In addition to his operations work, Joss also performs bookkeeping duties for the company.

You can find Joss on YouTube as "Doofer911" where he hosts many videos and live streams related to aviation and flight simulation, so why not join his 56,000+ Subscribers!


Craig - Operations 

Craig joined the team in 2020, and works Part-time along side Joss in the Operations department. A Pilot himself, Craig continues to study towards his Airline Transport Pilot's Licence theoretical knowledge examinations in his spare time.

Craig is also a rugby referee for the Highland Rugby Referee's Society.





Barry - Maintenance Manager

Barry has been with us since 2013. He has many years of experience within the aviation industry as well as a wealth of knowledge and expertise. He currently holds EASA and BCAR licences covering a wide range of aircraft from the PA38 all the way up to the DC3. Additionally, Barry also holds an FAA licence and is an approved LAA Inspector for aeroplanes and gyroplanes.

Barry's primary role is the day-to-day running of the maintenance hangar, ensuring that all aircraft maintenance is carried out to the highest standard.



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