Owner & Chief Flying Instructor
Kathryn gained her PPL qualification in 1989 at Birmingham Airport. Since then her passion for flying has gone from strength to strength, gaining a Twin IR, Commercial Pilots Licence and Instructor Rating. Recently Kathryn was able to realise a dream of owning a flying school which provides individual tailored tuition, enabling students to fully develop their potential.
Flying Instructor & Examiner
Jennie has been actively involved in the aviation industry for over 40 years, during which time she has owned and managed her own school. After learning to fly she gained her instructors rating in 1975 and is both a Flight Examiner and Radiotelephony Examiner. With such a huge amount of experience, of both flying and teaching, Jennie enjoys a high success rate with her students.
Kim has been flying for over 30 years, although he’s a fairly new addition to the Staverton Flying School team. He gets an immense satisfaction out of seeing people develop into competent and safe pilots, and a real sense of fulfilment in the knowledge that he has helped them to achieve their ambitions. Flying is not simply a job to Kim, every flight contains an element of wonder.
Dave started flying in 1985 and holds a CPL ME IR. He has been flying from Gloucester Airport for over 20 years. With a background in engineering Dave has been involved in several homebuilt and restoration projects.
Having worked full time in Aviation for the last 13 years he has had the opportunity to fly, and work on, many different types of aircraft. When he isn’t flying, or instructing, Dave spends time building his (75% scale) World War II replica P51 Mustang which he hopes to have flying by 2015 .
Richard has been involved with aircraft equipment engineering and manufacturing for more than 35 years and learned to fly with Staverton Flying School, gaining his PPL in 1997. After several years of private flying he studied for a JAR CPL in 2005 and gained his Instructor Rating the following year. Richard owns and operates a 1944 vintage Boeing ‘Stearman’ biplane, for which he holds a Display Authorisation from the CAA, and a SOCATA TB21 touring aircraft; both of which are kept on the Gloucestershire airfield. So it’s fair to say flying is much more than a job to Richard.
Alan Cleaver (Al)
Al joined the RAF in 1957 and flew Javelin, Vampire, Jet Provost, Hunter, Harrier and Puma. He retired in 1994 and since then has instructed on Fixed and Rotary wing aircraft. He is still very much an aviation enthusiast!
Ian gained his PPL in 1994 at Gloucester airport and then went on to earn his Night, IMC, and Twin ratings. He then obtained his Commercial Pilots License and Instructor qualifications at Halfpenny Green Airport and for many years thereafter combined his busy banking career with part-time flying instructing.
Having retired from banking, Ian is now part of the SFS team and takes great pleasure from being able to pass on his passion and experience of flying.
Mark started flying in the summer of 2006 at Gloucestershire Airport gaining his PPL and night rating the same year. He went on to complete his IMC rating, ATPL exams, CPL and Multi Engine IR, gaining a frozen ATPL by 2011. He has flown in commercial operations as a safety pilot in both the King Air and Piper Cheifton.
He also works in the engineering sector during the week and he is currently working towards becoming an IMC instructor.
With a Grandfather learning to fly at Staverton in the 1940’s and father and uncle following suit in the 1980’s, it will come as no surprise to learn that Vanessa has been involved in aviation from a very early age.
This involvement has led to the opportunity of flying in a wide range of types including Gulfstream, Douglas DC3, Boeing Stearman and Piper Cub aircraft.
As Operations Coordinator Vanessa is the go to person for students looking to book lessons or arrange a trial flight and is happy to answer any enquiries or questions students may have.