The team at CFS is dedicated to passing on our passion for flying on to prospective pilots, whether you want to just fly for fun or become a professional pilot. Our team comprises of management to run the school and its operations, our instructors to teach you how to fly, and get you your licence, and our maintenance team to keep the aircraft we teach you in safe and secure.
The instructors range from specialists in first time training, aerobatics, conversion from simple to complex multi-engine aircraft and from conventional instrumentation to EFIS (Electronic Flight Information Systems). In addition we offer flight experience and PPL training in Helicopters. Whatever type of flying interests you, then we have the right instructor for you.
Once we have assessed your needs, you will be allocated an instructor who will be able to guide you through the training at the fastest pace. Where possible, he or she will stay with you until you have qualified, acting as your mentor and coach and helping you through every step of the process.
Donald Putnam, Head of Training
Donald is our Head of Training and Chief Flying Instructor. Donald has been instructing for 10 years and is qualified to teach all flying disciplines from basic PPL and Multi-Engine through to Commercial flying, FIC courses, Instrument Flying and Aerobatics.
Donald is a passionate flyer and has been flying since he was 13 and lives to pass on his passion to everyone else. He has prodigious knowledge both about the practice of flying in the real world and all the theoretical background to it all in order to help both students and qualified pilots through the technical exams needed to obtain or revalidate the different licences.
Trix Lummis, Senior Flying Instructor
Trix is one of our senior flying instructors and has been instructing for 5 years. Trix is a lynchpin of the school and is qualified to teach PPL, Night, CPL and Instrument Rating (Single Engine).
Wojciech Wszolek, Flying Instructor
Wojciech hails from Poland and has been flying for 10 years. He originally trained in Computer Science but has decided that he prefers flying as a career and came to the UK to learn. He did all his training in the UK and has been living and instructing in Scotland for 2 years prior to joining us in May. Because his name is unpronounceable to us Brits we prefer to call him Voytech (or to his real friends Vortex!). Voytech is a great enthusiast and teacher and we are very lucky to have him as part of our school.
Damien Andre, Flying Instructor
Damien originates from Marseille in the South of France and went to the USA to carry out his initial pilot training in mostly Florida and California. Damien carried out his Flying Instructor rating at Cranfield and liked it so much that he has decided to stay here and instruct. He has been part of theschool since July 2016.
Gino Sabatino, Flying Instructor
Gino is a part time instructor with the school when he can spare the time from his job with Ryan Air. He loves flying and teaching so much that when he is not in the air with the big jets he comes to the school to share his passion with our students.
Abubaker Niazi, Operations Manager
Niazi is our operations Manager and has been running the school for over 5 years. He looks after all aspects of the running of the school from induction of new students, ensuring the aircraft are available for flight, booking lessons and scheduling and despatching flights.
Jason Kettlewell, Head of Maintenance
Jason, our head of maintenance is a licenced engineer of many years experience. He and his team of enthusiastic professionals keep the fleet flying and safe. Jason has been working in aviation for 20 years many of them for this school.