On-Track Aviation Team

HEAD OF TRAINING
Alan Newton - Born in Cheshire and after leaving College joined the Royal Air Force in 1979. During his 17 years in the Royal Air Force Alan saw operational tours on the Victor during the Falklands Conflict and the VC10 during the Gulf War. He also spent many years as a flying instructor on the Tucano and Jet Provost teaching both ab-initio and qualified pilots gaining an A2 Instructor Category. After leaving the Royal Air Force Alan joined Cathay Pacific Airways where he has flown the Boeing 747 classic and now flies the Boeing 747-400 and 747-8. He is an RTF Examiner, Flight Examiner, GR Examiner, Senior Examiner and Flight Instructor Examiner on both land and seaplanes and is a part time contributor to Flight Training News. Alan is the Director of On-Track Aviation Limited and is the Head of Training. In 2014 Alan was awarded a Master Air Pilot Certificate by the Honourable Company of Air Pilots and in 2015 was elected a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society
   
CHIEF FLYING INSTRUCTOR
Simon Mitchell - Simon, who lives in Warwickshire, was born in Birmingham into a Royal Air Force (RAF) family where his father was a Fighter Controller and his uncle a Pilot. As soon as he was 13 years old, he joined the Air Training Corps (ATC) getting his first taste of flying in RAF Chipmunks. Later he served in the Royal Auxilary Air Force (RAuxAF) for 8 years, which included many operational detachments around the world. Simon has been flying for over 20 years and holds an CPL(A) with Instrument Rating. Before joining On-Track Aviation Limited, Simon was with Wellesbourne Aviation where he was the Head of Training. He is an FIC and CPL instructor, GR Examiner and Flight Examiner as well as a Wellesbourne Mountford Aerodrome Flight Information Service Officer (FISO). Simon is the Chief Flying Instructor for On-Track Aviation Limited
   
INSTRUCTOR / EXAMINER TEAM
   
Christine Bell - She first started flying in gliders while at University in Belfast. After gaining a degree in Maths and becoming an Investment Manager in the City of London, she revisited gliding and also gained her PPL(A). Several years later, with two children at school, Christine gained her CPL(A). She specialises in tailwheel differences training. Christine owns a Piper Super Cub which she keeps at Wellesbourne Mountford Aerodrome. Christine is an FIC instructor, Flight Examiner and GR Examiner
   
Jon Cooke - Jon was awarded a flying scholarship whilst in the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) at school and went on to complete his PPL. This sparked a desire to pursue a career in aviation, and after leaving school he went on to instruct at Clacton Aero Club, Halfpenny Green and Wellesbourne. He also flew the De Havilland Tiger Moth and Dragon Rapide for Classic Wings at Duxford. His airline career has taken him worldwide flying the Handley Page Herald, Boeing 737-3/4/500, Boeing 777-200, Airbus 320; he is currently a Boeing 747-400 Captain for a major UK airline. Jon has flown and instructed on a wide variety of vintage and modern aircraft, and retains his passion for flying and instructing. He owns a Christen Eagle biplane and is currently chairman of the Pilot Coaching Scheme and Head of Training for the Light Aircraft Association (LAA). Jon holds EASA and FAA instructor qualifications, and is a Senior Examiner, Flight Instructor Examiner, Flight Examiner, Class Rating Examiner, Instrument Rating Examiner, Air/Ground Operator Examiner, GR Examiner and RTF Examiner.
   
Mike Grierson - Trained as a radio engineer before joining the Royal Air Force where he served as a navigator on the Victor, Hercules, VC10, Devon and DC3. In addition, Mike graduated from the Staff Navigation Course, instructed at the Royal Air Force Officer Cadet Training Unit and was the Operations Support Manager for the Tristar. After a long career in the Royal Air Force Mike joined the CAA as a Training Standards Inspector in 1995, retiring in May 2008. He obtained his PPL in 1989, BCPL with AFI rating in 1992 and went onto gain an ATPL 4 years later. As a flying instructor Mike has taught students on RAF Flying Scholarships, PPL and Flying Instructor Courses. Mike was awarded the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators Master Air Navigator Certificate in 2000. He is an RTF Examiner, Flight Examiner, Senior Examiner and a Flight Instructor Examiner. In 2014 Mike was awarded a Master Air Pilot Certificate by the Honourable Company of Air Pilots
   
David Lloyd - David grew up with light aviation, spending many weekends helping out at the local flying club, where his father was the Chief Flying Instructor.  He went solo a few weeks after his 17th birthday. David then went on to complete his PPL with the help of a Royal Air Force Sixth Form scholarship. After leaving school, David was awarded a British Airways Cadetship to attend the British Aerospace Flying College at Prestwick. After graduating in 1992 he went on to study Physics at Imperial College, London. During this time he worked as a Flying Instructor for Air Atlantique and at Royal Air Force Brize Norton Flying Club. David joined a major UK airline in 1995 and has flown the Boeing 737/757/767/777 and is currently a Captain on the Airbus A380. David is an FIC and CPL instructor and a Flight Examiner
   
Steve Oddy - After gaining a degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics, Steve flew Vulcans and Canberras in the Royal Air Force as well as instructing on Jet Provosts. On retirement he joined BAe Systems and spent 8 years in Saudi Arabia instructing on the PC-9 where he helped set up and run the Royal Saudi Air Force’s flight instructor training school. Back in the UK he joined the CAA after a short period instructing for Oxford Air Training School, and became one of the UK’s small number of Staff Flight Examiners. In his 11 years with the CAA he carried out over 2000 instrument rating tests as well as many examiner authorisation tests; he also edited the UK Flight Examiners’ Handbook (FEH) as well as a number of Standards Documents. On leaving the CAA he has retained his examiner qualifications and now operates as a freelance examiner, and recently helped the CAA to produce the EASA edition of the UK FEH. Steve has a second degree in computer science and mathematics and is a Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society. He is the managing director of Oddsoft Limited, producers of the Radio Aids Navigation Tutor (RANT). Steve is an Instrument Rating Examiner, Flight Examiner, Senior Examiner, Class Rating Examiner and Flight Instructor Examiner
   

David Simmonds - Born in Cambridge and learned to fly at Cambridge Aero Club in 1971.  Qualified as a flying instructor in 1973 and has been an examiner since 1975.  He spent 14 years as a flying instructor, CFI of an FIC school, and corporate and commercial pilot and Type Rating Examiner before joining the CAA Flying Unit (CAAFU) at Stansted in 1987.  He worked for the CAA for 28 years, first as a Staff Flight Examiner and then Flight Operations Training Inspector (Standards), until retirement in 2015. He is a Flight Examiner, Class Rating Examiner, Flight Instructor Examiner, and Senior Examiner for single- and multi-engine aeroplanes.

   
Peter Thompson - Peter joined the Royal Air Force as an electronics apprentice in 1958, and was commissioned as an Air Electronics Officer in 1964. Following 4 years on Shackleton aircraft he retrained as a pilot, completing advanced flying training on the Gnat in 1969. He attended the CFS instructors course in 1970, following which he served as a QFI on the Jet Provost, gaining A2 QFI standard and qualifying as an IRE. In 1973 he was seconded to British Aerospace in Saudi Arabia , instructing on the BAC 167 Strikemaster, leaving in 1977 to join Laker Airways as a DC-10 pilot. With the demise of Laker Airways he returned to the world of military aviation as a civilian instructor on the Strikemaster in Ecuador, teaching at all levels from basic to weapons and tactics. In 1984 he returned to Saudi Arabia to instruct on the Strikemaster, becoming the OC Standards and then CFI. In 1993 he returned to the UK to take up a position instructing with the Joint Elementary Flying Training School on the T67 Firefly, initially as a Flight Commander and latterly as Head of Training. This was followed in 1995 by a move to Oxford to manage the Skyvan military parachuting contract which ended in 2006.Peter is a Flight Instructor Examiner, Class Rating Examiner and Instrument Rating Renewal Examiner
   
Alec Trevett - Born in Wiltshire and started gliding as a 'mere lad' with the Air Training Corps at South Cerney. Commissioned into the Royal Air Force in 1973 as a fighter controller and over a 30 year career served in a wide range of operational, training, examining, command and staff appointments in the UK and overseas including Germany, Belgium and the Falkland Islands. He took up recreational powered flying in 1985 and completed his PPL at RAF Halton where subsequently he became a part-time FI. Alec was trained as an FI by On-Track Aviation and has since been teaching PPL students and conducting both tail wheel and AOPA Aerobatic Certificate training on the Chipmunk. He served as the Aviation Safety Member for the RAF Flying Clubs Association (RAFFCA) from 2003 to 2005 and represented the Association at meetings of the General Aviation Safety Council (GASCo). Since leaving the RAF in early 2003 Alec has worked for Lockheed Martin STASYS, CAA, CAAi and, more recently as Global Safety and EASA Manager at CAE Oxford Aviation Academy. Alec is an FIC and CPL instructor, RTF Examiner and Flight Examiner
   
OPERATIONS MANAGER
Faith Young - Born in Northampton, Faith started flying aged 17. She then became a part time motor glider instructor teaching the Air Cadets and Combined Cadet Forces which she did for 7 years. She has also worked as a part-time FISO at Sywell Aerodrome. Faith is the Operations Manager whose duties include co-ordinating the Operations Support Team as well as dealing with customer enquiries
   
OPERATIONS SUPPORT TEAM
Ian Alexander - Ian who was born in Kilmarnock in Scotland now lives with his family in Solihull. He learnt to fly at Wellesbourne Mountford Aerodrome eventually gaining his PPL(A), IMC and night ratings. Ian runs his own Engineering Company and works part time as one of our Operations / Administration Support personnel covering staff holidays and sickness as well as helping out at our Seminars
   
Paul Barker - Paul who is married with two grown up daughters and two grandchildren, was born in Newark. He was commissioned in the RAF as a Fighter Control officer, and recently retired after 20 years in the international Oil and Gas sector as regional Security Advisor for Russia/CIS. Paul gained his PPL (A) in Nigeria in 1979, and also qualified for his Zimbabwe PPL (A) in 1981, and UK PPL(A), Night Rating and IMC Rating in 1983/5. From 1985 for over 5 years Paul was a part-time motor glider instructor teaching the Air Cadets on Ventures and latterly Grob 109B’s at RAF Little Rissington. Paul runs his own Risk Management company and volunteers as one of our Operations / Administration Support personnel
   
Stephanie Giles - Born in Birmingham, Stephanie worked initially in the jewellery trade for 20 years. She learnt to fly in 1987 on flexwing microlights after a spur of the moment trial flight, and has been hooked on flying ever since. She qualified for her PPL(A) in 1994 and PPL(H) in 2001, training for both at Wellesbourne Mountford Aerodrome. In addition, she has learnt to fly Microlight aeroplanes and is hoping to qualify as a flying instructor in the not too distant future. She has worked previously in aviation, initially for the Atlantique Group at Coventry and latterly, running Wellesbourne Aviation for 5 years. Stephanie is one of our part-time Operations / Administration Support personnel covering staff holidays and sickness as well as helping out at our Seminars
   
Veronica Tanner - Veronica joined Britannia Airways in 1971 as Cabin Crew and progressed onto training and checking of Cabin Staff. She continued to be interested in flying eventually gaining her PPL(A). Veronica particularly enjoys flying vintage aeroplanes. For 14 years Veronica worked for Startford-upon-Avon District Council Tourist Information Centre (TIC) and was promoted to Manager in 1997. Under her leadership the TIC won a Silver Award in the Heart of England Excellence in Tourism Awards in 2007. Veronica is one of our part-time Operations / Administration Support personnel and brings a lifetime of experience in customer service allied with an aviation background to her role

 

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