OUR TEAM



MARTIN

CHIEF FLYING INSTRUCTOR

Martin is our chief flying instructor and is widely known at Barton as an aviation guru, Martin has over 20,000 hours on light aircraft and spends more time in the air than on the ground!


Martin is a complete gentleman, he can never do enough for anyone and expects high standards from any of his students, he adores his cat who lately passed so we all clubbed together to get him a rescue cat named 'billy'.


In his spare time Martin loves to read aviation books and he enjoys a good scenic train ride too.



KATE

PILOT AND OWNER OF MURPHY

Kate started at the flying school when she was only 15, in between university at Sheffield and a job in audiology she is still with us today.


Kate enjoys horse riding in her spare time and taking Murphy out for walks (or he takes her these days), she has recently passed her ATPL exams and is hoping to be a flying instructor in the near future.

IAN

FLYING INSTRUCTOR

Ian is a part time instructor when not at his full time day job as a captain for a charter airline.


He has been flying now since 1973 and held an instructors license now for nearly 40 years!


Ian loves aerobatics and is also a qualified aerobatic instructor, in his spare time he likes to play squash as well as scuba diving.



CHRIS

FLYING INSTRUCTOR

Chris is one of our part time instructors, his day job is working as a first officer for Thomas Cook.


Chris started off in aviation with the air cadets for 8 years and has now been instructing for 3 years with us. He has lots of experience teaching people to fly and always believed anyone can fly...


In his spare time he enjoys cycling and walking.





FRANCES

DEPUTY CHIEF FLYING INSTRUCTOR

Frances is our Deputy Chief Flying Instructor and she is also a Flight Examiner, accumulating over 10,000 hours since learning to fly at Barton in the 1980s.


For the last 9 years Frances has enjoyed being a part time Lecturer in Aviation
at University of Salford.


She is a keen genealogist in her spare time and enjoys scuba diving.

TERRY

PILOT AND OFFICE STAFF


Started working in aviation 50 years ago in 1967. After two airlines joined BEA in 1969 at Heathrow subsequently moving to Gatwick and then Manchester working in the ground operations environment.

Took the opportunity to retire early in 2006 and started my PPL with LAC Flying School in 2007.
I am also a Concorde guide at Manchester Airport Aviation Viewing  Park.
When not involved in aviation I enjoy walking, visiting National Trust properties, DIY, reading and trying to keep on top of the garden.



TONY

FLYING INSTRUCTOR

Tony is our very own Duracell bunny who is always on the go, he absolutely loves flying and has been instructing now for many years he has accumulated over 10,000 hours in light aircraft.


Tony used to parachute jump in his spare time when he was younger, he enjoys chess and he used to work in HR for the prison service so don't suprised if uses them as navigational areas of interest as part of your lesson!







MURPHY

OUR HAPPY MASCOT


'Murphy' the mascot, he is classed as a Utonagan, his mum was a german shepherd cross husky and malamut and his dad was a german shepherd.


Many think he looks just a pure shepherd which is quite true! Murphy joined us at 8 weeks old and is a friendly, inquisitive guy who enjoys meeting all our pilots and student pilots alike. He hopes to fly himself someday!

DAVID

WEEKEND FLYING INSTRUCTOR

David Winterbottom started out in 1980 on a air cadet scholarship becoming an instructor in 1985.  He is a weekend flight instructor with an interest in aviation history, he also enjoys playing squash.