We have a core team of in-house instructors as well as a number of other instructors / examiners that work in commercial aviation and come to teach with us in their spare time. Collectively we have a wide range of skills, experience and qualifications for fixed wing aircraft and helicopters. Read on to find out more…
Simon KalasManaging Director
Simon helped found Almat Flying Academy, driven by his passion for aviation. Aside from managing the flying school, he also holds a LAPL License and loves to fly any chance he can get. Read his full bio >>
Steve MasonHead of Training
Instructor & examiner for PPL & LAPL, FRTOL and ratings including Night Rating, IR (R) and Flight Instructor. Also an examiner for the CAA PPl / LAPL theory exams Read his full bio >>
Glynn MatthewsHead of Operations
Glynn oversees the day to day running of the business operations including organising flight bookings and aircraft maintenance. He is also a pilot holding a PPL license. Read his full bio >>
Dr. Rob SimpsonAeromedical Examiner
Rob is a keen pilot and Aeromedical Examiner (AME). He offers medical examinations for pilots and cabin crew at Almat Flying Academy on Tuesdays. Read his full bio >>
Tom BerkleyFlight Instructor
Tom is part of our core team of instructors, providing training for PPL (A) , LAPL (A) plus Night and IR(R) ratings. He is also an examiner for the CAA theory exams required for the issue of a PPL, LAPL. Read his full bio >>
DEREK CLEWSFlight Instructor
Derek is part of our core team of instructors. He racked up 13,700 flight hours during his 22 year career flying for regional airlines. Also an examiner for the CAA PPl / LAPL theory exams. Read his full bio>>
Will PettFlight Instructor
Part of our core team of instructors, Will joined us in April 2022. Providing training for PPL (A) , LAPL (A) and SEP ratings.
Ted Needham-WilliamsFlight Instructor
Part of our core team of instructors, Ted joined us in October 2022. Providing training for PPL (A) , LAPL (A) and SEP ratings. Read his full bio>>
Dave StapletonFlight Instructor & Examiner
Dave is a commercial pilot and is abla able to offer instruction and examination for LAPL (A) and PPL (A) as well as SEP, MEP, Night and IR (R) ratings.
Ali AshgarFlight Instructor
Ali has been a certified flight instructor for Almat Flying Academy for the past 4 years. providing instruction for the PPL (A) and LAPL (A). Read his full bio >>
Neil HawkyardFlight Instructor
Neil has extensive experience flying wide body jets for commercial airlines. As an instructor he teaches LAPL & PPL Licences as well as SEP, MEP, Night, IR (R) and aerobatics ratings.
Mark ByromFlight Instructor & Examiner
Mark is an instructor and examiner for LAPL (A) and PPL) and IR (R), SEP, MEP, Night and Aerobatics ratings. When he is not doing this he works for a large commercial aviation company.
Phil Marshall LeeFlight Instructor and Examiner
Phil provides instruction towards PPL (A), LAPL (A), Night and SEP Re-validations. As an examiner Phil is also able to undertake skills tests for the the PPL (A) and LAPL (A). Read his full bio >>
Phil WalkerFlight Instructor
Phil is a commercial pilot of 737´s. When he is not flying commercially he works with us as an instructor providing training for LAPL & PPL licenses as well as SEP and night ratings.