Our Team

Tom Honeyman

Managing Director

Tom is an experienced entrepreneur and business leader. His passion for flying developed at 14 as part of the Combined Cadet Force but instead of pursuing it as a career decided to work within the family business. Over 20 years, Tom developed a strong background in accounting, training and mechanical engineering within the pharmaceutical industry. Tom successfully grew the business from an SME to a large enterprise being awarded a Queens Award for Enterprise in the process. In 2022, he moved away from the day to day business to operate Praeluceo Group; an investment company. Having known that he will one day end up in the aviation industry, Tom has been preparing for many years gaining qualifications in Airline Finance and Management. He is pleased to be fulfilling his long held desire to not only to qualify as a commercial pilot but to start to assemble a portfolio of businesses in the aviation world.


Pete Irving

Head of Training & Chief Flight Instructor

Born in Stokesley, Pete has always been fascinated with aviation. He first began flying gliders at 12 and on his 17th birthday, completed his private pilot licence. Pete spent over a decade in the Royal Airforce as a pilot on Tornado F3 aircraft. He then transitioned into the commercial world amassing over 18000 hours in command of Airbus A320, A330 & A340 aircraft before moving over to the Boeing 787. Retiring from the long-haul lifestyle, Pete now enjoys training the next generation of pilots.

Pete is a qualified instructor for LAPL/PPL and many ratings including Aerobatic, Night and IR(R), a ground school examiner and a flight examiner.

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Kieran Murphy

Partnership Manager & Ground Instructor

With nearly 40 years of experience in the aviation industry, Kieran started working on the ground as an aircraft engineer and as flight instructor. He progressed onto the flight deck as a flight engineer, first officer and then amassing over 10,000 hours as Captain.

Kieran has flown variety of different aircraft over the years firstly on the Lockheed Electra then onto Airbus A300B, Boeing 757, 767 and the 737 300/800 series. He has worked for a variety of airlines including Qantas, Hunting cargo airlines, TransAer, Virgin Express Ireland, Ryanair, Excel airways, GO fly airlines, Easyjet, Jet4U, Jet2 and finally West Atlantic Cargo Airlines.

As Partnerships Manager, Kieran is involved in initial student recruitment as well as using his vast experience and connections in working to place students in airlines and further training. He is actively involved in the provision of our ground school and developing our ATPL level training courses.

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Tom Kinchella

Flight Safety Manager & Flight Instructor

Tom started working in aviation as an aircraft mechanic with British Airways at Heathrow spending much of his time working on the long haul 'legacy' fleet of Boeing 747 and 777​ aircraft. Alongside this, Tom completed his commercial pilot training and latterly completed his instructor course at the British Aerobatic Academy.

Tom is an experienced flight instructor and is also heavily involved with delivering our ground school tuition.


Jake Hoggarth

Flight Instructor

Jake got into aviation following a trial flight. From that moment he instantly knew that a career in aviation was something that he wanted to pursue. He learnt to fly at Teesside Airport and gained his PPL. Jake then toured around Europe and the USA as part of hour building.

Jake went on to complete his Commercial Pilot Licence and Flight Instructor training and has logged over 1000 hours as an instructor.

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Trevor Parish

Flight Instructor

Trevor trained as flight instructor at Leicester in 2015 and is qualified to instruct LAPL/NPPL and additional Night and Tailwheel ratings. He has over 2500hrs experience with 1250 hours as an instructor. 

He initially obtained his PPL at Newcastle and has IR(R), TMG, Night, Conventional (Tailwheel) and Seaplane ratings. Owning a share in a PA28 has enable sorties to airfields throughout the UK, Ireland and France. He has flown SEP in many countries incluing Bushplane, Seaplane and Skis in Alaska.

He is also a qualified hand flight and tailwheel tug pilot.


Mark Cachia-Markham

Flight Instructor

Mark gained his PPL at the age of 17 before landing his first job in aviation as a Flight Operations Officer at his local flying school in Malta. He then went on to become a Theoretical Knowledge Instructor while also working as an airline cabin crew with Air Malta flying on the Airbus 319/320 and Boeing 737-300.

Following graduation from the University of Malta, he moved on to the United Kingdom where he gained further qualifications including the Commercial Pilot Licence, Multi-Engine Piston Rating, Multi-Crew Coordination and Jet Orientation Course, the Advanced Upset Prevention and Recovery training, as well as the Flight Instructor Certificate. He is qualified to instruct for the LAPL, PPL and night rating.  

Mark has recently passed his type rating on the Beechraft King Air 200 and currently holds the position of a First Officer with a UK-based operator. 

Outside work, Mark is a keen tennis player and has held several high rankings in the past. He also enjoys the outdoors and canoeing whenever he has some free time.


Aaron Holtom-Cook

Flight Instructor

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Andrew Povey

Operations Executive
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