Oxford based aviation training provider Airways Aviation, has today announced that they have appointed Ian Cheese, an internationally experienced airline pilot with extensive training management expertise as their new Head of Training.
Airways Aviation is a world-leader in aviation training and is globally positioned to provide pilot training and resourcing in order to address head-on the pilot shortage.
Cheese has over 35 years of simulator and flight training experience and has delivered all elements of flight training from ground school to airline conversion type training. Still an enthusiastic light aircraft owner and instructor, he is able to deliver training from initial PPL through to airline type conversion training and was responsible for introducing the first Multi Pilot Licence courses into the UK.
Prior to joining Airways Aviation as Head of Training, Cheese has been working as a Consultant Training Captain/Head of Training with a number of UK and oversees airlines to deliver examination and type training. Ian started his career in the Royal Air Force as a flight engineer and spent a total of twenty years in the armed services.
Cheese left the Royal Air Force in 1999 and took up a position at UK based airline Brymon Airways as a first officer, before eventually working his way up to becoming the Turbo-Prop Fleet Manager at British Airways CitiExpress.
In a statement, Airways Aviation Chief Executive, Ian Cooper said “Ian has an enormous amount of aviation experience and understands the industry from the ground up. He has an insider’s knowledge on what airlines require from their pilots and I’m looking forward to seeing him develop our airline training programmes accordingly.”
Cheese himself said: “Airlines are looking for an ever broader set of skills from pilots so the market is ripe for fresh thinking and innovation in training. Airways Aviation is perfectly positioned to deliver personalised training courses that will provide industry-ready graduate pilots.”
Cheese will start with Airways Aviation on 16th March 2017 and any prospective pilots will have an ideal opportunity to meet him at Airways Aviation’s next Airline Pilot Careers Open Day on March 18th 2017.