Meet the Team

Our fantastic team of experienced instructors collectively have tens of thousands of flying hours and the experience come from a myriad of different places such Airlines, Business Jets, Military flying, Student Training, Private Leisure flying, Ferrying and they all work along the lines of having a common passion for aviation and the will to pass the knowledge and experience they have to everyone willing to venture into the field of flying. Regardless if you want to fly just for leisure or have the intention of continuing towards commercial flight training and a career in aviation, we are here to support you along your journey and give you the tools that will make you a confident, safe and knowledgeable aviator. You will also be in a place to meet like-minded people as well as an environment to start networking within the aviation industry from day one.

Our current and former students are the best testament for what we stand for; the love of flying and aviation. We pride ourselves on the service we provide and try to accommodate for everyone’s need.

Introducing the friendly & professional staff and instructors at Flight Training London:

Ivan Kurbanov – Instructor & Examiner

Ivan is one of the owners of the school as well as the Chief Flying Instructor (CFI) and is only available for Practical Tests, Solo Checkouts, IMC / IR(R), ME, IR and his current students.

Ivan Kurbanov

PPL, IR(R) / IMC, Night, ME, IR & EXAMINER
FULLTIME
Languages: English, Bulgarian, Russian, Serbo-Croatian

Cameron Thompson - Instructor & Examiner

Cameron used to be an instructor with us back in our early days, but currently works as our Compliance Manager as well as being an Examiner for PPL Tests as now-days he spends time jet-setting around Europe flying Pilatus (PC12) Aircraft.

Cameron-Thompson

PPL, NIGHT, IMC / IR(R), ME, IR & EXAMINER
ON REQUEST
Languages: English

Nadeem Elahi - Instructor

Nadeem flies for an Easyjet maintenance support company in a King Air, but instructs in his spare time and he usually releases his slots very late notice. He is a very patient and friendly instructor and has been with FTL the longest out of all our instructors!.

Nadeem-Elahi

PPL & NIGHT – SPORADIC
SPORADIC - RELEASES DATES LATE NOTICE
Languages: English

Jeffrey Monnickendam - Instructor

Jeffrey has been flying for over 40 years and decided to pass his vast knowledge and experience over to aspiring new pilots.

Jeffrey-Monnickendam

PPL , IR(R) / IMC, Night
FULLTIME
Languages: English

Chris Rigby - Instructor

Ex-business jet pilot, Chris teaches purely for the enjoyment. A very thorough, professional and friendly instructor with a great sense of humour

Chris-Rigby

PPL, IR(R) / IMC, IR
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (Other days by arrangement occasionally)
Languages: English

Pedro Barcelo - Instructor

Pedro started instructing around 11 years ago with Ivan at Panshanger Aerodrome and recently came to instruct at Flight Training London without even realising he knew Ivan!

Pedro-Barcelo

PPL, Night
FULL-TIME
Languages: English & Spanish

Jack Culver – Instructor, Mission Control, Ground Operations

Jack works as one of our friendly Operations Managers as well as an instructor. He does predominantly Trials, LAPLs and PPL Holder flights and prior to being an instructor had a PPL for many years!

Jack-Culver

Trials, LAPL & PPL Holders Only
FRIDAY & SATURDAY
Languages: English

Bass Chennells - Instructor

Some of you may know Bass from when he worked as an Operations Manager at FTL, but he now works as an instructor instead! Bass started his instructing career in South Africa, but after moving to the UK and converting all his licenses and ratings he is a full time instructor, and a very entertaining one at that!

Bass-Chennells

PPL
FULLTIME
Languages: English

James Bilverstone - Instructor

James completed his PPL with FTL under the guidance of Chris Rigby and after working for FlyBe for a while he returned to FTL to work alongside his PPL instructor. A really cheerful, enthusiastic and great addition to the team!

James-Bilverstone

PPL
FULLTIME
Languages: English

Prashanth Elangovan

After spending years teaching in America, Prashanth moved back to the UK for family commitments. A very professional and knowledgeable instructor with years of experience teaching and running his own schools.

Prashanth-Elangovan

PPL, IMC / IR(R), ME, Night & IR
SPORADIC
Languages: English & Bengali

Hayk Akbiyik - Instructor

Hayk did his PPL with FTL and after gaining his commercial license he returned to FTL to pass his knowledge on to future aviators (and to spend quality time with his favourite people).

Hayk-Akbiyik

PPL
FULLTIME
Languages: English, Turkish

Andy Rickett - Instructor

We really need to get a less passport-looking photo of Andy! Andy instructs one to two days a week around his Easyjet Pilot job that he has had for the last three years. A very patient and thorough instructor.

Andy-Rickett

PPL
1-2 DAYS A WEEK
Languages: English

Jaime Sainz-Pardo Barril - Instructor

Jaime started instructing with us four years ago before moving to the US to teach in a commercial school for a couple of years. He decided to return to the UK early last year and its been great to have him back!

Jaime-Sainz-Pardo

PPL
FULL TIME
Languages: English, Spanish

Mikey Ramnauth - Instructor

Mikey has been with us for years and used to be Full-time but has now moved to a few days here and there due to other aviation commitments flying business jets.

Mikey-Ramnauth

PPL & NIGHT
SPORADIC
Languages: English

Mission Control

Most of you would already know our Operations Managers, Jack (Mon-Thurs) and Connor (Friday & Saturday) but if you don't, do come and introduce yourselves! And of course Tamsyn will be there on Sundays. Hopefully we can all be as helpful as possible during your flying time with us.

Mission-Control

Tamsyn Illman – Mission Control, Ground Operations

Tamsyn works as our Mission Control on Sundays, and is one of the owners of the school. She works from home the rest of the week however, come Winter, will soon run the Member’s Lounge seven days a week!

Languages: English, Australian ;-)

Please contact us for more information.

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Our passion for flying is very contagious

You will love to fly with us.

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We Love teaching how to fly

We love being up in the air and don't miss an opportunity to go flying.

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Experienced instructors

Our instructors have thousands of hours of teaching experience.