The Team

All of our instructors are highly experienced and fully qualified. Available seven days a week

and subject to aircraft bookings, work around your schedule to meet your personal needs.

Instructors

Our instructors are down to earth, approachable and welcoming.

All being keen aviators and having been in the commercial aviation scene for many years, relish the opportunity to pass on their skills and knowledge to the next generation of pilots. The wealth of knowledge that is on offer at Yorkshire Aero Club is second to none.

They are available all day for you to contact and ask any questions about your course, progress or any worries you may have.

Their aim is to put you through your flight training efficiently but at the same time make it enjoyable.

Daniel Harris

Head of Training
Flight Instructor (Unrestricted / Night)
Flight Examiner
FRTOL Examiner

Before embarking on his flight instructional career, Dan spent 15 years in the classroom honing his teaching skills.

Dan having caught “the bug” to fly in 2008, went on to gain his Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL), Commercial Pilot’s Licence (CPL), Instrument Rating (IR), Flight Instructor’s and Examiner’s ratings and has now amassed over 4000 hours of flight time.

He is also responsible for conducting training and testing for the Fixed Radio Telephony Operator’s Licence.

In his role of Head of Training at Yorkshire Aero Club, Dan is responsible for ensuring that all flight training is provided in accordance with EASA PART-FCL, promoting the highest degree of safety awareness throughout the organisation and liaising with the Civil Aviation Authority.

James O’Toole

Deputy Head of Training
Flight Instructor (Unrestricted / Instrument / Multi-Engine / Night)
Flight Examiner

Having taken his first flying lesson at the age of 15, James went on to complete his Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL) three weeks after his 16th birthday.

He then furthered strengthened his knowledge of aviation by gaining a BSc in Aviation Technology with Pilot Studies at the University of Leeds.

After graduating, James quickly gained his Airline Transport Pilot’s Licence (ATPL) and currently works for a major UK airline as a Captain on the Boeing 757.

As a flying instructor, James is qualified not only to teach for the Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL), but also for the Commercial Pilot’s Licence (CPL), Instrument Rating (IR) and Multi-Engine Rating (MEP). James is also qualified as a Flight Examiner to conduct flight tests on behalf of the CAA.

To date James has amassed over 8000 hours of flight time.

Finally, on the instructional side, James also provides ground training for the University of Sheffield’s Private Pilot’s Instruction module, something he has done since 2010.

Martyn Young

Flight Instructor (Unrestricted / Instrument / Night)
Flight Examiner

Having spent a lifetime in the medical profession, Martyn took a career U-turn in 2010 and entered the world of aviation.

In addition to teaching the Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL), Martyn also provides training for the Night Rating and the IR (Restricted) Rating as well as examining duties.

To date Martyn has clocked up over 6000 flying hours and is a prime example of the things some people do to avoid retirement at home.

Petar Bukureshtliev

Flight Instructor (Restricted)

Petar initially completed his basic flight training in his native Bulgaria. He then went on to undertake a degree in Aviation Technology with Pilot Studies at the University of Leeds  before gaining his Flight Instructor rating and joining the team at YAC.

Paul Moore

Flight Instructor (Unrestricted)

Paul entered the world of instructing back in 2011 and after a 4 year hiatus from instructing, during which he flew for a UK regional airline on the Jetstream 41 and the ATR 72, he came back to his instructional roots at YAC in 2019.

In addition to his instructional duties at YAC, Paul is also a First Officer on the Boeing 737 for a UK airline and has amassed over 4000 hours to date.

Alistair Smith

Flight Instructor (Unrestricted)

Alistair started flying in 2007 and moved onto instructing in 2010.

He then continued to pursue a career in the airlines and having done a stint in the flight operations department for a major UK airline, he has now progressed to become a Senior First Officer on the Boeing 737 has amassed over 4000 hours to date.

Paul Blyth

Flight Instructor (Unrestricted)

Paul’s links to aviation originated in 1989 when he joined the Royal Air Force, spending over 7 years with 25(F) squadron based at RAF Leeming.

On leaving the RAF, Paul gained his Flight Instructor rating and has worked for several UK airlines flying the Beech King Air, Boeing 737 and Dassault Falcon.

To date Paul has amassed over 8000 flying hours.

 

Office Staff

In addition to the flying personnel, there is also a dedicated team of behind the scenes support staff who ensure the smooth running of the non-flying aspects of the club.

Oliver Wardle

Flight Operations Support Officer

Oliver joined the YAC team in 2019 to support the flight operations side of the business.

On a day to day basis, Oliver ensures the smooth running of flying schedule by liaising with students and air traffic control.

He is also fully type-rated on the Russell Hobbs kettle so will be more than happy to make you a cuppa prior to your flight.

Jonathan Walker

Compliance Monitoring Manager

In his role of Compliance Monitoring Manager at Yorkshire Aero Club, Jonathan is responsible for monitoring the compliance of the organisation within the provisions of the Yorkshire Aero Club Operations, Training and Safety Management Manuals.

He also ensures that the compliance monitoring programme is properly implemented, maintained and continually reviewed and improved.