Meet the MAK Aviation team

MAK's flight instructors  



Asif Khan Malcolm Montgomerie  Dave Benfold


::  Head of Training / C.F.I  ::


With around 16,000 hours under his belt since he began flying in 1974 Asif is possibly one of the most highly experienced instructors ever to head up a flying school. His ratings and qualifications include FAA ATPL IR jet rating, CAA UK CPL examiner (PPL), MEP, SEP, IR(R), FERTOL (R/T). GR. He has worked as DCFI. LFC, and as CFI at two flying schools including Cabair at Elstree - in its day a prestigious branch of one of the largest flying schools in Europe.

Asif originally began operating as MAK Aviation in 1999, realising his ambition of becoming an accredited flying school.


::  Head of Operations  ::

 Malcolm qualified as a driving instructor in 1960 becoming the youngest Ministry of Transport approved instructor in the UK. In 1975 he turned his attention to flying and in six months gained his Private Pilot Licence. In the 80's he trained as an aircraft engineer and an instructor as well as gaining the night and IMC ratings, and also became a CAA Approved Airworthiness Test Pilot.

In the 1990s Malcolm was attracted by competition flying and won countless awards in navigation and precision flying events, eventually being granted his FIA Competition Licence enabling him to start Royal Aero Club handicapped air racing in 2006. After several podium visits he won the 2011 King's Cup, originally presented by King George V in the 1920s as the first ever award for an aviation contest. Malcolm is seen here receiving the cup from HRH Prince Andrew Duke of York.

Malcolm has run his own maintenance business and helped to run various flight schools, whilst amassing approximately 5,000 flight hours.



:: Flight Instructor ::

David is a graduate of Oxford Aviation Academy and Stapleford Flight Centre. David first learned to fly back in 1994 in sunny Florida. He’s the proud holder of a JAR-FCL CPL–ME/IR (“Frozen ATPL”) and has been a flying instructor at Elstree since March 2014.

David is a passionate aviator with an avid interest in aircraft and flight, having grown up in the shadows of London’s Heathrow Airport.

He’s a very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and approachable instructor, who thrives on making sure his lessons are enjoyable and that his students get the best out of their training.

Cláudio Pedro Guedes Flight Instructor Keno Mario-Ghae  Flight Instructor Darren Audet


:: Flight Instructor ::

Etay has proved an indespensible addition to our team of flight instructors since joining MAK Aviation in 2018.


:: Flight Instructor ::

Keno is the newest addition to the MAK flying team. Flying is in his blood and he considers the sky to be his home. He's been doing circuits since he was 8 years old, he went solo at 16 in the Air Cadets and when not flying he enjoys playing the guitar and engineering things, more recently working on electric cars. 


:: Flight Instructor ::

Darren started instructing in the RAF. Having left the service he joined an airline and eventually became a Fleet Training Manager and Type Examiner. He now works full time as a simulator instructor on the Dassault Falcon bizjet - and with MAK at weekends.



Flight Instructor Darren Audet



:: Flight Instructor ::

Kathan has risen from PPL student to instructor in no time at all and we are delighted to welcome him to the MAK family. More news soon ...





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