AVIATION  FACULTY

 

ROB DEMARTINO

CAPTAIN

BRITISH AIRWAYS

Having flown professionally for nearly 40 years, Rob is currently a senior training captain at British Airways on the Airbus A380/A350 and a senior examiner on behalf of the Civil Aviation Authority. He previously held  these roles on the Boeing B747 and Boeing B737. 

 

His role has included development of Instructor training programmes, developing European legislation for the introduction of Evidence Based Training across EASA and ensuring that Instructors, Examiners and Pilots meet and maintain the standards set by the Regulator.

 

Rob teaches and assesses human factors skills, trains instructors in crew resource management and is passionate about facilitating  excellence in the application of human factors. 

Dave joined British Airways as a pilot in 1993, with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering and 3 years’ experience working in international law firms. As well as his flying experience, he is currently a training captain and examiner on the A380. He has over 20 years’ experience in airline management including 11 years operating at Board level in the roles of Chief Training Pilot and Head of Flight Technical and Training.

 

For 7 years Dave was BA’s AOC nominated post holder for training for around 19,000 pilots and cabin crew. In this role he introduced many innovative training programmes. He is a firm believer in embedding leadership skills into the core of learning and has championed the EASA move to competency-based pilot training.

 

During a varied career, Dave has worked with external organisations including NATS and the CAA, negotiated on technical and training issues for BA with its pilot union BALPA, and was brought in by BA to turn around a major estate project to create a single Learning Academy in a £40m project. He was privileged to be deeply involved in BA’s sponsorship of the London 2012 Olympics, flying the Olympic Torch from Greece to the UK and leading the post-Olympic BA and RAF fly-past down the Mall.

DAVID THOMAS

CAPTAIN

BRITISH AIRWAYS

MARK PONNUSAMY

SENIOR FIRST OFFICER

BRITISH AIRWAYS

Mark began a career in Investment Banking before following his passion for commercial aviation. With 14 years' professional experience on Airbus and Boeing aircraft, Mark currently combines flying with his role as a trainer/examiner on the Airbus A380/A350 and has operated a royal flight on behalf of British Airways.

 

Within British Airways he is responsible for designing and delivering examination and training packages which ensure regulatory compliance, enhanced flight safety and optimised crew resource management. He is currently part of a working group which is introducing Evidenced Based Training into the airline which represents a ‘new training paradigm’ for pilot HF training.

Jim has been an airline pilot for 22 years. He has 14,000 flying hours of experience on Boeing 747, 757, 767 and A320s in the past and is currently a B777 Captain. He is both a technical trainer on the B777 (TRI/TRE) and a human factors trainer and examiner for all BA pilots.

 

His human factors role within BA covers many things. First and foremost and the part he is most passionate about is training; be it in a classroom, the simulator or most importantly on the aircraft.

He also helps write and design training packages as well as being part of a group who are responsible for ensuring that all BA flight crew achieve the highest levels of HF skills, defining competency standards and maintaining regulatory compliance.

JAMES HARLOW

CAPTAIN

BRITISH AIRWAYS

STEPHEN WHITE

CAPTAIN

BRITISH AIRWAYS

Stephen was a British Airways cadet pilot and in his 26 years in the airline has flown Boeing 737s and 777s as well as Airbus A320s, A380s and is currently a Training Captain on A350s. He has always been passionate about training, starting as a flying instructor with Singapore Airlines prior to BA where he has been training and examining for over two decades.

He has been very privileged to have operated Royal flights and VVIP charters for BA.

Nayan has been a professional airline pilot since 2005 and is currently a Senior First Officer on the A350 at British Airways. He has previously flown the B737, A320 and A380 on both short and long haul routes. 

 

Nayan has been assessing and developing human factors skills in pilots for the last 5 years in his role as a trainer and examiner. He has a keen interest in how human behaviour and interaction can influence safety and how to use this knowledge to improve team performance. 

NAYAN MISTRY

SENIOR FIRST OFFICER

BRITISH AIRWAYS

ALEX MCNEILLIE

SENIOR FIRST OFFICER

BRITISH AIRWAYS

Alex’s aviation career began in 1999 whilst working for National Air Traffic Services. He then trained as a pilot in 2001, first working for a UK charter airline before joining British Airways in 2005. Since then he has flown the A320, A350 and A380 on short and long haul routes.

Alex has been training and examining pilots since 2014. This role has included the development and testing of training packages as well as producing training material which has human factors at the heart of it.

Kevin has been an airline pilot for 24 years, operating a variety of different types including the A320, 737, 767 and 777. He is currently a training captain on the A380 responsible for training and checking both new and existing pilots on the fleet. A significant part of that role is training and assessing human factors, an aspect of the job that he particularly enjoys.

 

In addition to his flying career a BSc in Business and Management and an MSc in Air Transport Management resulted in Kevin and his business partner setting up a fast food delivery business. Over sixteen years this was grown into a operation with over 500 staff and 14 stores before being sold in 2016. It provided invaluable additional experience in the human factors aspects of employing people and of creating a positive and effective culture within an organisation.

KEVIN BUTLER

CAPTAIN

BRITISH AIRWAYS

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