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Steve Wilkes

Steve Wilkes - Head of Training

Steve has over thirty years of teaching experience, with ages ranging from under six to over seventy five, even teaching two thalidomide boys to play the trumpet!

Before moving to London Steve was a professor of Trombone and Tuba for the Ministry of Defense training musicians for ceremonial duties, Playing trombone in the Syd Lawrence Orchestra and working for the BBC. It was during this time that Steve started flight training at the Yorkshire Gliding Club at Sutton Bank.

After moving to London from Leeds he gained his PPL in the early 1980’s whilst working as a session musician and teaching for the London Borough of Hounslow. After flying around in a group owned PA28 140 from Leavesden and Elstree for a few years he obtained his CPL in the early 1990’s, Flying Instructor and Instrument Ratings mid 1990’s and finally ATPL exams at the end of the 1990’s.

At the moment Steve is currently involved with teaching commercial pilots [how to teach ground school] on the Flying Instructor Course at Andrewsfield in Essex for Carol Cooper [of Pilot Magazine Fame!]. He can also be seen flying the DH 82a tiger moth for Classic Wings at the Imperial War Museum Duxford.

Steve has flown various aircraft types from old Austers up to and including the BE200 King Air turboprop and holds CAA authorization to undertake flight tests for the old C of A.