The CAA have announced that all flight training will resume in England on 4th July 2020. We anticipate Scotland, and therefore Highland Aviation will follow suit soon after. We will make an announcement when we have a firm date. All gift vouchers have been extended in line with our closure period and we look forward to welcoming you soon. Our online shop will remain open throughout the closure period.

Our Team

Directors

Will

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 resident Gyrocopter Instructor.

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

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

 

Nick

Nick - Director

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.

 

 

Instructors

Sam

Sam - Head of Training

Sam is an experienced commercial pilot with over 3000 hours experience 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),  NR, Mountain Flying Course, Beach Landing Course

 

Hamish

Hamish - Flight Instructor

Hamish is the newest member of the Highland Aviation team. 

He has settled in quickly with the team and has an excellent sense of humour, making him a very affable instructor. 

In his spare time, Hamish is a keen yachtsman.

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

Instructs: LAPL(A), PPL(A)

 

Aitken

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: 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

 

 

Examiners

Alan

Alan - Flight Examiner

Alan has a long relationship with Highland Aviation and is a stalwart of the aviation industry. He conducts many of 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

Simon - Flight Examiner

Simon has a long history in commercial aviation having flown many types of Boeing and Airbus aircraft all over the world. In addition to being a Flight Examiner, Simon also instructs for Instrument Rating (Restricted).

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

 

 

Operations Team

Joss

Joss - Operations Assistant

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, 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 51,000+ Subscribers!

 

Katie

Katie - Operations Assistant

Katie joined the team in 2019 and creates a cheery atmosphere to welcome all of our customers and visitors.  She 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.  She is also a keen illustrator and VFX artist.

 

 

Maintenance Team

Paul

Paul - CAMO Manager

Paul has been with Highland Aviation since 2012. Prior to a career in civil aviation, he was an aircraft engineer in the RAF.  Paul has worked on a variety of aircraft from the Tornado to the Lancaster.

Paul has been involved in civilian aviation for over 10 years including both airline and helicopter operations and has gained a wealth of experience along the way.

As our Airworthiness Manager, he is primarily responsible for ensuring the ongoing serviceability of our fleet as well as that of our growing list of customer-owned aircraft.

In his spare time, Paul is an award-winning modeller and an active member of the International Plastic Modellers Society.

 

Barry

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.

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.

 

Giuseppe

Giuseppe - Aircraft Fitter

Giuseppe joined our growing engineering department in 2017.  He came to us following mechanical and technical course at Inverness College and, while still at the early stages of his aviation engineering career, he is building on the skills learned at college.

In his spare time, Giuseppe is a keen footballer and was instrumental in arranging Highland Aviation's sponsorship of Highland Aviation AFC.

 

 

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