Thank you for taking the time to visit my website. My name is Scott and I am a 30 year old EASA PPL / FAA PPL / IR(R) / Night Rating licensee with 210+ hours flight time logged and am currently studying for my ATPL exams. I live in Leicestershire and I love flying!
As a bit of background information, I first became interested in Aviation when I was around 5 years old after my Grandad took me and my two brothers to Duxford Imperial War Museum for the day. I remember looking up at the Lancaster Bomber and telling him “I’m going to be a Pilot one day!”
So, as I was only 5 years old I had to wait quite a few years, therefore as I got older I worked my way through the Cubs, then on to Scouts, then once I turned 13, I joined the Air Training Corps. It was with the Air Cadets that I got my first experience flying in a light aircraft and I loved every second! – On my 20th Birthday I became staff and still remain an Adult Volunteer.
For my 15th Birthday I was bought a trial lesson at Tatenhill Airfield (EGBM). After the 1 hour flight the urge to fly had increased tenfold and so began my PPL training! As I was only 15, I could only earn money from my paper-round, so could only afford a lesson once per month (I did receive some financial help from my Grandparents after that), however, I was taught by two excellent instructors (Vince and later, Craig) who got me to solo standard in a little over 8 hours. I then went on to complete my PPL training in the 45 hours minimum time, aged 18.
Some time after gaining my PPL, I flew to Duxford for a day out with some other flying friends and as I looked up at the same Lancaster Bomber, I remember thinking to myself “See Grandad, I told you i’d become a Pilot!” I never realised as a 5 year old boy that 13 years later I would come full-circle.
As well as flying various club aircraft or ferrying privately-owned aircraft, I also had a share in a Cessna FRA150M (Aerobat), to help me build my hours and experience, which I thought was a fun little aeroplane to fly.
As aviation is a real passion for me, I have always tried to stay employed within the industry. I have previously worked at Tatenhill Airfield, first as Weekend Fire Cover then moving on to working in the Hangar maintaining aircraft, as an apprentice. Following that, I went to work for a large Ground Handling company at Birmingham Airport on the ramp as a Baggage Agent before being offered the role of a Turnaround Coordinator (TCO – Dispatcher). I was trained to use the various pieces of Ground Support Equipment (GSE), taught aircraft marshalling, was pushback headset trained and also pushback driver and tow trained. As a TCO, I was taught how to work out Mass & Balance calculations for mixed Passenger and Cargo Operations as well as producing loadsheets – both manual and electronic.
My working background is mostly Aviation having worked as a Ramp Agent and then a Turnaround Coordinator (Dispatcher) for a Ground Handling Agent based at BHX, then moved to work for a Specialist Aviation Company based at EMA in Flight Ops and then as the Ramp Manager, operating a fleet of Twin-engine Cessna and Beechcraft King Air aircraft for Aerial Surveillance, Coastguard/Border Force, Scheduled Cargo, Ad-Hoc Cargo and Passenger Charter work. Until very recently, I worked as a Ground Operations Trainer for a UK airline based at EMA, but due to the effects of COVID-19 on the industry, I was furloughed in April and subsequently made redundant. I secured a new position in October as the Ground Handling Manager for one of the UK’s leading business aviation airports and meant relocating nearly 100 miles from ‘home’. I have since started a new position as a Ramp Supervisor with a Global Logistics company based in the Midlands and so have now also relocated back to the Midlands – Most of my personal flying is from Tatenhill Airfield, so it’s ideal!
I am honest and trustworthy, which I hope you’ll see from the fact that all of my flying qualifications and hours are published on this website rather than hidden. I do not want to mis-lead you in any way; I am a PPL holder and I can’t charge to ferry your aircraft. I do have a written statement from the CAA regarding PPL Ferry Operations and it is perfectly legal provided I do not make a profit from the flight – I just ask that you cover my expenses as laid out in my Terms & Conditions.