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Zahurul Islam - Head of Training. "Islam" (as he is known) and his wife Jill Develin originally set up the flying school back in 1984. Although under new ownership since 2014, Islam is still involved with Redhill Aviation Flight Centre as Head of Training, giving advice and guidance and performing the odd flight renewal or exam when required.
Laurance Harley - Deputy Chief Flying Instructor. Laurance started his aviation career aged just 14 on gliders, going solo aged 16 with the Air Cadets. He now holds a CPL/IR & MEP. Laurance instructs PPL, Night, Aerobatics, IMC, CPL and MEP and is also an examiner. When not flying, he finds time to work as a full time Air Traffic Controller at Gatwick Airport!
Simon Belassie - Flying Instructor. Simon joined the team in 2015 as a full-time instructor, following a change of career. Simon has been flying since 1979 and will normally be found at Redhill Aviation from Tuesday to Saturday, along with his four-legged friend Max.
Mark Jeffries - Weekend Flying Instructor. After getting a taste for aviation in Air Training Corps at the age of 14, Mark decided that being a pilot was for him. He achieved his PPL in 2006, and wanted to progress his flying career further. With no interest in looking for an airline career, Mark chose to become an instructor and after completing his CPL, he obtained his instructor rating in 2014. Mark holds a helicopter PPL as well as a fixed wing CPL and IMC rating.
Simon Canacott - Flying Instructor. Simon is our resident artist and you will find some of his work on our photos page. Simon holds a CPL and has helped many students on their way to gaining their PPL. Simon instructs on a part-time basis and enjoys flying aerobatics too!
Geoff Pyke - Flying Instructor. Geoff started his career as an instructor, has flown all the classic jets including the 747 and has now returned to instructing. He offers his vast knowledge on a part-time basis.
Dirk Strydom - Weekend Flying Instructor. Dirk dreamed of flying all his life & took his first lesson at Biggin Hill in 2006. 10 years and lots of hard work later, Dirk has made his dream come true and joined our team in Autumn 2016. He now holds CPL, ME and IR ratings and is enjoying the opportunity to pass his knowledge onto others.
Ken Harpur - Ken first got the flying bug aged 16 in the Air Cadets. He initially became an instructor on a Volunteer Gliding School, then followed the civil instruction route into the airlines. After a break from teaching (due to young family) Ken returned in 2016 to join the Redhill Aviation team as an instructor.
Steve Curry - Operations Controller. Steve joined the team during the autumn of 2016. Steve's claim to fame is being the first person to achieve his LAPL licence with Redhill Aviation. Steve has previously worked in the catering industry and has also spent a summer working at Gatwick Airport. He is happy to answer any questions - from booking a first air experience flight to becoming a flying instructor.
Dave Thorne - Operations Assistant. Dave joined us in 2006 having previously worked as a manager at the Post Office. When not working at Redhill Aviation, Dave enjoys visiting other airfields and going to air shows with his wife. You will find Dave very knowledgeable, helpful and ready to answer any queries you may have - from booking an air experience flight to the requirements to gain your very own PPL.
Max - Redhill Aviation Flight Centre's official mascot! Max will often be found in the office, although he enjoys his walks to and from the aircraft to oversee the daily "A" checks. Max is partial to the odd treat and may occasionally sneak up onto the club sofa if he thinks nobody is looking!
Call us on 01737 822959 or complete our online enquiry form.