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Who we are...
Richard Stanway

Richard Stanway

Director | Head of Training

Like many, Richard was interested in flying from an early age and first flew as an Air Cadet when he was just 13. Following this first experience, he took every opportunity to get airborne and by the time he left school, had gained his PPL and an Air Cadet motor glider instructor category. He then started his professional flying training and now holds a Commercial Pilot Licence and Multi Engine Instrument Rating with Single Engine, Motor Glider, Night, Instrument, and Aerobatic instructor qualifications.

Today, as well as flying, instructing and being a director of Horizon Aviation, Richard still teaches Air Cadets how to fly motor gliders in his spare time. He also has an interest in display flying and, as well as working on the ground at events such as the Jersey International Air Display, hopes to gain his own CAA Display Authorisation in the near future.

Duncan MacDonald

Duncan MacDonald

Director | Accountable Manager

Having taken his first non-airline flight as an Air Cadet at the age of 13, Duncan joined the RAF having undertaken elementary flying training on a University Air Squadron. Following a training injury, he left the RAF on medical grounds in 2000 and embarked upon a career as a civilian Air Traffic Controller with NATS.

Despite the enforced career change, Duncan continued to fly and became an aircraft owner in 2005. He was a founder member of a formation aerobatic display team flying Chipmunk and Yak 52 aircraft, gaining his CAA Display Authorisation in 2006. He has flown at numerous events around the UK including the renowned RAF Leuchars airshow and is a current display pilot with the Irish Historic Flight.

Having returned to professional flying, Duncan now flies for a major european airline, holds a Flying Instructor rating and additionally as a reservist, was awarded a military instructional category by the RAF’s Central Flying School.

Duncan co-founded Horizon Aviation Ltd with Richard in 2012 and remains a director of the company.

Mike Stanway

Mike Stanway

Director | Safety Manager

Mike started flying whilst still at school, having gained an RAF Flying Scholarship. He joined the RAF shortly thereafter and completed “All through Jet Training” on aircraft now only seen at Air Displays – Jet Provost, Gnat and Hunter – before moving onto his first operational squadron.

During his RAF career he has flown the Canberra, Phantom, Hawk (as a test pilot), Tornado GR1 & 1A on Operations. He has also instructed on the Bulldog and Grob 115E Tutor as the Commanding Officer of a University Air Squadron. He also completed two headquarters tours in Flight Safety where he had responsibility for Human Factors and Safety Management, and undertook a number of military aircraft accident investigations.

Mike currently holds a PPL. He is also a member of the Royal Aeronautical Society, where he sits on the Human Factors Operations & Training Group and the International Flight Crew Training Conference Committee.

Roger Milburn

Roger Milburn

Flying Instructor/Examiner

Having completed a BSc in Engineering at Edinburgh University, Roger joined the RAF, serving as a pilot, instructor and examiner from 1971 until 2010. He has over 14,000 flying hours on various types, from Hunters to Hercules.

Roger is currently engaged in PPL instruction and examining at various clubs and schools, as well as still training other Air Forces on the C-130. He has extensive aerobatics experience and holds a Display Authorisation on light aircraft.

Matt Lane

Matt Lane

Flying Instructor/Examiner

Matt is a Chartered Aeronautical Engineer and specialises in the management of maintenance and airworthiness in the military Air Transport and Air-to-Air Refuelling environment.

Like many, he started his career on Air Cadet Chipmunks and has now progressed to be a CPL/Flying Instructor and Examiner for PPL, IMC, SEP and TMG ratings. Matt has extensive experience of managing flying training operations around the UK, and sits on the UK AOPA National Instructor Policy committee. He also instructs and examines for the Air Cadet Organisation and holds an RAF Central Flying School ‘A2*’ instructional category.

David Jones

David Jones

Flying Instructor/Examiner

An early starter, David started flying at 15 via the ATC, gaining his licence at 17. He gave up his job as a Management Development Manager to work full time in aviation, ending up as Chief Flying Instructor / Director of Flight Ops and TRE / IRE at Bristol Flying Centre. For nine years he specialised in instructor training and initial instrument rating training during which time, at the age of 30, he became the UK’s youngest Flying Instructor Examiner (FIE). He then went on to join Air Hanson as their Training Captain flying all Raytheon Beechcraft types from single engine through to Turbo Prop and Corporate Jets.

Yearning for a challenge, David then found himself flying with Police Aviation Services as their Fixed Wing Training Captain. During this period he was responsible for all police fixed wing operations and training throughout the UK. He also flew in the Caribbean working with the DEA and various police agencies on anti-drugs missions and operations against illegal immigration. On his return to the UK he attended the short course at the International Test Pilot School (ITPS) at Woodford flying the Jet Provost, BAe 146 and the Slingsby Firefly.

David is a Senior Examiner for the CAA and a strong advocate of “Flight Upset Training” for corporate and private pilots. With over 17000hrs flying experience, he is an FI, FIE, CRE, IRE and TRE. David is also an Upper Freeman of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots (formerly GAPAN) and a pilot coach for the Light Aircraft Association.

Mark Gurney-Coombs

Mark Gurney-Coombs

SEP/MEP and Instrument Rating Examiner

Mark has an ATPL with over 10.000 hrs of experience. He is a Flight Examiner for SPA Instrument Ratings, Class Ratings and Type Ratings and can test SEP/MEP initial ratings and revalidations.