Meet the MAK Aviation team

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Asif Khan Malcolm Montgomerie Dave Benfold

ASIF KHAN

::  Head of Training  ::

 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.

MALCOLM MONTGOMERIE

::  Head of Operations  ::

 Malcolm qualified as a driving instructor in 1960 and became 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. During these years Malcolm ran his own maintenance business and helped to run various flight schools, amassing approximately 5,000 flight hours.

DAVID BENFOLD

:: 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.

 

Juan Torregrossa  Cláudio Pedro Guedes   Flight Instructor David Smith

KEVIN VAUGHAN

::  Flight Instructor  ::

We're delighted to welcome Kevin as the latest addition to our team of highly-qualified flight instructors.

 

CLAUDIO PEDRO GUEDES

:: Flight Instructor ::

Hailing from Portugal, Cláudio has previously worked as a flight instructor overseas and has been flying for over 17 years.

Cláudio has flown all around the United States, Europe and North Africa as First Officer and has trained in many spheres of aviation, including multi-crew corporate operations, aerial work, turbine and multi-engine aircraft...not to mention glider towing, aerial surveillance flights and dropping intrepid parachutists.

DAVID SMITH

::  C . F . I  ::

Another pilot with commercial qualifications - and MAK Aviation's Chief Flight Instructor - David holds an ATPL (airline transport pilot licence), multi-engine instructor rating and a commercial helicopter pilot's licence, and has been instructing on light aircraft for over 40 years with  flying schools at Leavesden and London Elstree aerodromes. We are very pleased that our members will be able to draw upon his treasury of experience of aviation both in the air and on the ground.

 

 

 

MAK AVIATION FLIGHT SCHOOL

London Elstree Aerodrome | Borehamwood | Herts WD6 3AW | tel: 020 8236 9308


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