An innovative, accomplished and progressive Instructor and Examiner on Fixed Wing and Rotary aircraft. Eric combines an open communication style with strong leadership and decision-making capabilities with an ability to thrive under pressure in an often complex and time critical operational environment. Eric provides guidance, training and support required to implement industry best practices thus achieving the highest standards of safety and service.
Eric began his career as a sponsored cadet with Bristow Helicopters flying the AS332(L) Super Puma and Sikorsky S76 on the North Sea supporting the oil industry.
Eric's onshore helicopter experience includes UK Royal Family flights, live TV broadcasting for the 1990's Channel 4 Morning TV show "The Big Breakfast", low level offshore power boat filming, Virgin Radio’s traffic helicopter for London, as well as corporate and charter flying.
In the 1990’s Eric took over the management of a Citation II, an Agusta 109 helicopter and a Piper Navajo, more aircraft followed, and at one time there were eight aircraft under management.
Eric has been part of the set up team for three new charter companies. This involved recruiting pilots and operational staff, finding premises, aircraft purchase and leasing, selecting IT ops systems, writing Operating Manuals, setting up Safety and Quality Management Systems and liaising with the regulatory authorities.
Eric was consultant Postholder for a European Boeing 737 start up, which involved detailed research for the business plan.
As Chief Pilot, Eric was part of the initial start up of the London based, Agusta 109 specialist Charter Company "Rotormotion" He was a contract Examiner and Instructor for Sloane Helicopters.
Eric has coordinated in excess of twenty five aircraft sales and purchases, arranged finance, set up trusts for foreign ownership of US registered aircraft, coordinated transfers of aircraft onto the UK, Austrian, Indian, Hong Kong, Cayman, Bermuda and IOM registers, and has strong links with the new Guernsey aircraft register. Eric has been contracted by Gulfstream as Entry Into Service pilot.
Eric joined easyjet in 1999 and was upgraded to Captain after a rigorous selection and training process. Eric left easyjet after achieving 3000 hours on the B737-300/700 and 1100 hours as Captain. He qualified on the Gulfstream GV and G550 in 2004.
Eric has held management positions since 1994 including Director of Flight Operations, Chief Pilot and Head of Training. This includes remote management with the ability to build cohesive and committed teams to include pilots, chief pilots, line training captains, instructors and examiners, operations teams, engineers, flight safety officers, safety and quality management personnel. Eric has been a Chief Pilot for a Governmental VVIP Operation.
As Postholder, Eric has been accountable and responsible to ensure Safety, Quality and Standards are in line with regulatory requirements, resulting in safe, cost effective and client focused aircraft operations.
Eric was involved with some of the first Quality and Safety Management Systems in the UK, and has actively been part of the transitions firstly from National regulations to JAR-OPS, then to EU-OPS and now to EASA OPS. This experience has resulted in gaining an in-depth knowledge of aviation law and regulations, and substantial experience of managing a dynamic and fast moving operations department within regulatory limitations. Eric ensures there is continuous improvement of operational processes and procedures to enhance business efficiency.
This experience has enabled Eric to effectively carry out Operational Audits on Flight Departments and Operators.
Eric is a non-executive board member for Airfleet Management UK that provides exceptional aviation consulting.
Eric has extensive flight operational experience in EU, USA, India, Middle East, Russia, China and South-East Asia.