Our pilots

All of our pilots are highly experienced and fully qualified flying instructors, all of whom share a passion for flying vintage aircraft. Our organisation is fully regulated by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and every aspect of our ground and flying activities is devised within a strict safety system framework.
From the moment you arrive until your parting goodbye, your instructor will stop at nothing to ensure you have an amazing, comfortable and safe time with us. Most of all, we want to ensure that you leave with a huge smile on your face!
Whether you’re an experienced flyer, or completely new to the marvel of aviation, your instructor is equipped with all of the experience and knowledge necessary to tailor the experience to your needs and expectations. We actively encourage you to ask questions and we’re sure you’ll love learning about the aircraft as much as you’ll love flying in it.

It was fascinating. You rarely get a chance to see how an aeroplane actually works!

Paul Ford

Paul has been involved with vintage aircraft ever since he was 11 years old, when he was lucky enough to work as a volunteer at Duxford Airfield, now the Imperial War Museum. He took part in many major restorations, including the Blenheim, RE8, B17 etc. He counts himself as privileged to have known the Late-Great Ormond Hayden-Baillie & it was him who inspired in Paul a passion for flying that knows no bounds.
An accomplished mechanical engineer by trade, Paul served an apprenticeship & then spent 26 years at the World renowned University of Cambridge Department of Engineering where he investigated soil mechanics, fluid mechanics & combustion for Rolls Royce, BAE Systems, etc. He was mildly distracted by Robot Wars for a while & appeared as part of the Cambridge University Team with Mortis, a hugely popular & successful robot. In addition to Robot Wars, Paul has done a variety of TV work. He appeared on The Big Breakfast, Clarkson, Local Heroes & Regional News Programmes with his jet engines on bicycles & go-peds.
When Paul isn’t flying Tiger Moths, he indulges his passion for building replica WW1 fighter aircraft. Among his more ambitious projects was the build and completion of his famous Fokker Triplane, as flown by the notorious baron von richthofen – otherwise knon as the “Red Baron”. Paul is pictured here with his famous creation.

Anxious not to be divorced again, I purchased a book “How to Build a WW1 Replica AND Stay Married!”

Paul Jones

Paul Jones is the Chief Flying Instructor at Derby Aero Club. He has grown up surrounded by aeroplanes. As a young boy he built and flew model aeroplanes. He went solo on his seventeenth birthday (the youngest minimum age at the time) and he got his PPL (A) a month later.
After studying Mechanical Engineering at Nottingham University Paul went on to get his Commercial Pilots Licence and Instructor Rating. Paul has been instructing on fixed wing aeroplanes since 2001 and now has over 15,500 hours on 120 different types of aircraft.
Paul has taken part in several aerobatic competitions and precision flying events. In 2005 he was a member of the British Team for the European Championships for Precision and Rally Flying held in the Slovak Republik.
In 2006 he flew in FIA World Championships in Troyes flying both Precision and Rally Disciplines. Paul is a current CAA and LAA Test Pilot and has carried out the First Flight of 31 homebuilt aircraft (and the subsequent Conversion to Type Training for their owners). A keen flier of vintage aircraft, Paul especially enjoys flying the Tiger Moth and Fokker DR1 Triplane. When he is not flying Paul has an interest in classic cars.

Has over 15,500 hours on 120 different types of aircraft.