CAA Flight Instructors
All our flight instructors have many years of flight experience and are fully qualified instructors, approved by the CAA and the BGA.
Unlike some training organisations, our instructors are not here with low hours waiting for an airline job; all our instructors have thousands of hours on gliders, motorgliders and light aircraft.
Chief Flying Instructor – Lee Ingram
- EASA commercial pilot, Multi-IR
- EASA/CAA Flight Instructor for TMG & SLMG
- EASA/CAA Flight Examiner
- EASA Ground Examiner
- BGA Flight Instructor, Examiner and Instructor Examiner
- Aerotow Tug Instructor
- 4,000+ flying hours
Lee started gliding at the tender age of 17, becoming a flying instructor by the age of 19, and going on to gain his Private and then Commercial Pilot’s Licence. Flying is Lee’s biggest passion in life and there isn’t much he hasn’t flown. In a previous life, Lee was a TV director and worked with Roland Rat and Sooty and Sweep. One of the best flight experiences he’s ever had was flying his Duo Discus glider up to 16,000ft.
Flight Instructor/Examiner – Matt Lane
- Chartered Aeronautical Engineer
- EASA CPL
- Flying Instructor
- Flight Examiner for PPL, IR(R), SEP, tailwheel, aerobatic and all motorglider ratings
At work, Matt specialises in the management of maintenance and airworthiness in the military Air Transport and Air-to-Air Refuelling environment.
Like many, he started his flying career on Air Cadet Chipmunks and has now progressed to instructing and examining. Matt has extensive experience of managing flying training operations around the UK, and sits on the UK AOPA National Instructor Policy committee. He also instructs and examines for the Air Cadet Organisation and holds an RAF Central Flying School ‘A2*’ instructional category. Matt has also been fortunate enough to fly the Hawk and Tucano aircraft for an all too brief few sorties!
Flight Instructor – Jonathan May
Jonathan started gliding in 1985 at Bicester and now has over 2000 hrs and 4800 launches ranging from solo, instructing, flying comps and on expeditions to mountains in England and Europe. He is a cross country coach and has instructed at many Junior Nationals. Over the years he has had shares in various gliders from an LS4 to Nimbus 3 DT.
He added a PPL in 1995 and started instructing in motorgliders. He later had a share in a Robin DR400 and started aerotowing and touring in Europe to gain experience to support becoming an FI (SLMG), and in 2011 added a CRI rating to instruct in SEP, TMG and Microlights. In 2014 Jonathan took delivery of an Ikarus C42 microlight that is used for aerotowing and instructing microlight conversion as well as having fun with its short field performance.
Flight Instructor – Ian Atherton
- EASA & UK ATPL
- EASA & UK Class Rating Instructor SEP & TMG
- FI SLMG Rating
- BGA Full Rated Instructor + BGA SLMGIR
- Aerotow Tug Pilot Instructor
- Tailwheel Instructor
- 10,000+ Flying hours
In his day job, Ian is an airline captain flying for a short-haul airline. He started flying gliders at 18 whilst a student and learned to fly powered aircraft soon after graduating. He progressed to become a BGA Full Rated Instructor and Tug Pilot, and over the years Ian has held a number of gliding club posts, including both CFI and Tug Master. He has worked as a professional gliding instructor and built hours towing gliders towards gaining his commercial licence. Ian has a wealth of experience flying a wide variety of aircraft. Aside from gliding, Ian has a passion for vintage aircraft and has been fortunate to have flown a number of classic tail-dragger types. He also enjoys flying aerobatics in his Fournier RF-4D motorglider. Recently Ian had fun completing a floatplane course in Florida, during which a particular highlight was flying around the lakes at treetop height spotting alligators!
Flight Instructor – Mike Rogers
- EASA Flight Instructor for gliders
- BGA Motorglider Instructor
Mike studied Aerospace Engineering at Bristol University and now works as an avionics engineer designing the latest in-cockpit displays. Mike started to learn to fly at the Long Mynd Gliding Club before he could even drive.
Now he has over ten years of flight experience and can regularly be seen soaring gliders in Shropshire and flying motorgliders here in Warwickshire. One of his best flying experiences was flying in the Spanish Pyrenees for a week, with breathtaking scenery and phenomenal gliding conditions!
Introductory Flight Pilot – Nathan Jones
- EASA PPL – SEP/SLMG/TMG
- Qualified Gliding Instructor
- MAA Gliding Authorisers Course
Nathan’s passion for flying begun aged 13 after his first ever flight in a conventional glider. This paved the way to completing a gliding scholarship and later on learning to fly powered aircraft. When the timing was right, he jumped at the chance to complete a Gliding Instructor course because he always wanted to help inspire the next generation of pilots. He’s now been instructing for nearly 10 years. He has many memorable flying moments and all for different reasons, but the one which stands out was flying a formation sortie in a T38 with the USAF over Texas and having his first ever bird strike!
Introductory Flight Pilot – Nigel Clarke
- NPPL – SLMG/SSEA
- BGA Bronze C
- Tail dragger
Nigel got the flying bug aged 14 following a winch launch glider flight from Long Marston, later joining 492 Squadron of the Air Cadets. He started flying gliders in 2005 and he’s been airborne ever since.
Nigel’s most memorable flight to date was spread over three days, flying our Dimona G-WENN back from Austria with CFI Lee. His favourite memories of the flight include seeing the Blue Danube below leading them on into Germany, flying through the landscape as though a Dam Buster, then heading north-west via Munich into Belgium. The flight was punctuated by friendly, picturesque airfield stops en route. Nigel says that the Channel crossing was a particular highlight; the familiar welcoming white cliffs of Dover are one amazing sight from 3,000 feet!
Communications Officer – Rachel Ingram
Rachel is MotorGlide’s Communications Officer, responsible for communications with members and the upkeep of our website, blog and social media profiles. Rachel is a freelance copywriter who started flying at the Oxford University Gliding Club back in 2007.
Rachel holds a National Private Pilot’s Licence (SLMG & SSEA) and completed her training with MotorGlide.
We are based at Long Marston Airfield in Warwickshire – right in the centre of the country, with easy access to some stunning areas for scenic flights, including the Cotswolds and Wales. Long Marston Airfield has a friendly, laid-back atmosphere and also offers the flexibility of both grass and hard runways.
Unlike most training facilities, we can also come to you! If you have a number of students, or find our location difficult to get to by road, then we’re happy to reposition to your airfield for a day or two.