The EFC Team
Our team of dedicated career instructors take teaching you to fly or just giving you that once in a lifetime opportunity to have a go at flying a plane very seriously but at the same time making it fun.
We are not a factory. Whilst we have to work the rules laid down by the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) we treat you as an individual working with you to get the best from you in method that suits you and your lifestyle.
We keep you with the same instructor for the duration of your training.
We are open 7 days a week and train for 360 days of the year.
Above all else we make it safe and fun.
Have a read of the details of the team then give us a call 01608 678204
Gill McNeil - Head of Training & Instructor
Academic Qualifications BSc (Hons) – University of Glasgow, PhD – University of Leeds, Post Doctorate –University of Oxford
Flying Qualifications - Commercial Pilots Licence CPL(A), Flying Instructor (FI), Night Rating Instructor, IR(R) Instructor, Ground Examiner (GRE)
Why I Instruct - I instruct because I like to pass on what I’ve learned to others and to see student’s progress through the course to obtain their own licence.
Most memorable moment - First time on final approach to Runway 32 at the Scilly Isles – such a beautiful place to visit (and you can be there in a couple of hours by plane from Enstone!)
About me - I’m married, have 4 children and live in Oxfordshire. I trained for my initial PPL at Enstone in 2004, along with my husband and have been there ever since! We own a TB10 and fly for enjoyment, with regular trips to family in Scotland and various coastal locations in England & Wales.
Angela Beaugeard - Club Admin
Flying Qualifications - PPL (in progress!)
Why EFC - My background is organising events and I met Paul when he came along to one I was running. He mentioned that It has always been his intention to run well organised events for Enstone Flying Club and for The ACESquadron and I thought I could help. I found the Members and Team so welcoming that I got sucked in to helping out full time at the Club and eventually decided to get my Pilots Licence...watch this space!
Most memorable moment - Working on this one!
About me - I love to spend time with my grown up daughters. Walking in and and exploring places both in the UK and abroad with my family; I am lucky to have two amazing sisters who also love to explore; although I don't think they have forgiven me for Snowdonia yet!!! The Skipper and I plan to have a place in France and I can't wait to be able to take an aircraft over to our french base to sample the wines and food.
Mike Hoft - Instructor
Flying Qualifications - Commercial Pilots Licence CPL(A), Flying Instructor (FI), Instrument Rating (IR), Multi-Engine Piston (MEP), Ground Examiner (GRE)
Why I Instruct - I get a real buzz from seeing our students progressing and learning new skills from what I've been able to teach them. I genuinely enjoy teaching flying and look forward to a long and illustrious career! I enjoy all aspects of teaching flying, especially navigation and visiting new airfields with my students.
Most memorable moment - My first time flying above the clouds on my IMC course in 2014.
About me - I’m originally from London but now live in Oxfordshire having moved out here to complete my Commercial Pilots' Licence at Oxford Airport. I've got a dog and love taking him for nice long walks. I'm also a Sailing and Powerboat Instructor and can be found doing these when the weather isn't good enough to fly!
Dave Stephens - Instructor
Flying Qualifications - PPL(A), Flying Instructor (FI), Tailwheel Differences
Why I Instruct - I wanted to focus my flying, to give me a reason to fly other than just for my own enjoyment and so being an FI was the obvious choice! I also want to be able to contribute as an instructor to the Spitfire project here at EFC, teaching future pilots to fly these iconic aircraft.
Most memorable moment - Definitely my First Solo, at 300ft, thinking "I've got to land this!"
About me - My motivation has been driven by the opportunity to fly my own Spitfire, of which I am one of the syndicate members. I'm also a keen skydiver, having completed over 5000 jumps and participated in a number of world records. I am a current British Record holder too! I'm married and live with my wife (who doesn't fly!).
Richard Pitts - Instructor, Examiner
Flying Qualifications - ATPL (IR,PBN), FE, GR, EASA FI SEP, II(R).
Why I Instruct - I have been an instructor since 1990 and a PPL instructor since 2001. I have enjoyed flying since 1981 in many different roles and on many different types. My desire is to give back and promote a fantastic way of life, with all the joy flying can provide.
Most memorable moment - Flying in my commercial jet low level through the Swiss Alps into Buochs Airfield. Oh yes, and many moments in the RAF.
About me - Flying takes up most of my life. I am a captain with Netjets Europe flying the Challenger 350 which keeps me away from home. When in the country, I live in Oxfordshire. I have two grown-up daughters and two grandchildren. I have been associated with Enstone since 2003 and hope to continue to instruct once retired from commercial aviation.
John Benson - Instructor
Until 2018, I was a GP and senior clinical academic, leading aspects of medical education at the University of Cambridge.
Flying Qualifications- PPL, instrument rating (restricted), night rating, aerobatics, complex aircraft, tailwheel, formation. Flying instructor, tailwheel and aerobatics instructor
Instructional Hours - 350
Why I Instruct- It’s great to help people realise their ambition to fly. I’ve always flown something, but had to fit it around work and family. I really enjoy trying to help people realise their flying dreams in the world that they personally live in.
Most memorable moment- So many- seeing a falcon effortlessly formate on my hang glider; breaking out of cloud into a blue sky; diverting successfully in bad weather, with my pilot brother; first flying an aerobatic sequence in competition. But seeing someone’s pleasure as they learn to fly is special and sending a student on first solo is hard to beat.
About me- Married, 2 adult boys, a mountaineer. Hang gliders and gliders when I was a lad. PPL in 1982, aerobatics, touring, tailwheel, vintage biplanes, formation flying since then. Every flight is a chance to live and learn in a beautiful place, the sky.
Steve Morrell - Instructor
Flying Qualifications - Obtained my PPL in 1987., followed by Multi Engine, IMC and Night Ratings. Became a Class Rating Instructor 9 years ago and have amassed a few hundred hours instructional experience. Specialising in Vintage Tailwheel Aircraft. I have over the years flown myself all over Europe and the UK in multi engine light piston aircraft but now prefer to spend my flying hours in 1950’s vintage aircraft.
Why I Instruct - I instruct because I like to share the specialist experience required to fly vintage tailwheel aircraft. Introducing people to flying for the first time and experienced pilots to a whole new discipline.
Most memorable moment - Flying a Hawker Hunter jet, inverted at 25,000 feet over the Malvern Hills.
About me - I am married with three children, three step children and two grandchildren.
Sam Kidd - Instructor
Flying Qualifications - PPL+ IR(R) + MEP + FI(A)+CRI+ Night + Night Instructor + Tailwheel Endorsement; Training in ditching + Under water evacuations; marine survival equipment usage with ANDARK
Why I Instruct - The more I flew, the more I found the theory content of aviation fascinating, and how it actually applies to flying! The more I relearned, the more I wanted to share that passion with others. Learning how to properly transfer the knowledge and skills accumulated over many hundreds of flights to help others achieve their aspirations was a major motivator for learning how to be an instructor. Gaining my FI(A) is the qualification I feel most proud of. The best thing about Aviation, is you can never know it all; you forget as much as you learn, and thus it's this fantastic never-ending accumulation of knowledge, regardless of your experience, and flying desires.
Most memorable moment - Flying low level around Sydney Harbour prior to landing, in conclusion of our 7-week journey from the UK to Australia in a 1966, 180hp PA28. The trip involved 26 landings, 16 countries, a mountain of paper work, and an average flight time of 7 hours with no autopilot.
About me -
Matt Lane - Examiner
Academic Qualifications BEng (Hons) – Loughborough University, MSc - Cranfield University
Flying Qualifications - Commercial Pilots Licence CPL(A), Flying Instructor (FI), Flight Examiner (FE), Flying Instructor Course Instructor (FIC), MEP/IR/Aerobatics, RAF Central Flying School A2 QGI/Grob Tutor Pilot
Instructional Hours - 2500+
Why I Instruct - I love the social interaction with all kinds of people and helping students progress to be safe and confident pilots, whatever their eventual aspirations.
Most memorable moment - Back seat in an RAF Hawk as night fell and we coasted in down the Humber and past York, one of two fast jet trips I’ve been lucky enough to experience.
About me - I live in Oxfordshire and instruct/examine for a number of clubs and schools around the region. I also fly RAF Cadets on Oxford University Air Squadron and when not flying can generally found on the ice or watching at ice hockey!