Meet our team of flying instructors and staff

Kevin Whitehead

Kevin Whitehead

Chief Flying Instructor

Kevin realised his passion for flying in 2006 when he took a 90 minute experience flight from Perth Airport in a flexwing microlight. Of that experience he says, “It was just superb! My friend and I had spoken about the possibility of learning to fly while we were at work, 100 miles offshore on an oil rig. When we came home on leave, we gave it a go and I’ve never looked back. I gained my National Private Pilot’s License (NPPL) that year and bought a share in a flexwing microlight. I flew her far and wide and had some great times especially when visiting the West Coast of Scotland. Now I get to share my passion for flying with others.”

Two years later Kevin had the opportunity to experience a flight in a Gyrocopter and decided to take up the training for his PPL(G) and went on to join the Gyrocopter Experience group of flying instructors and currently operates Scotland’s premier gyroplane training organisation. Kevin also added the Flexwing and Fixed Wing instructor ratings to his portfolio and is fully qualified to offer flight training and experience flights in our range of aircraft. 

Richard Osborne

Richard Osborne

Instructor

Richard started flying in 1968 with the Air Training Corps. A gliding instructor for many of his early years, he soon took up the offer of a commercial helicopter course with British Airways. Richard further qualified for a fixed wing PPL during the same period and became the proud owner of a Luscombe Silvaire tail-dragger in 1990.

Having worked on the North Sea as a helicopter pilot for over 40 years, accumulating some 30,000 hours in the air, he took up Gyrocopter flying in 2012 and became a fully qualified instructor in 2018. Following his retirement from the North Sea, he now flies as part of the Alba Airsports flying instructors team.

Bob Tadman

Bob Tadman

Instructor

Bob started learning to fly in a flexwing microlight in 2007 shortly after he was given a trial lesson voucher for his birthday. One experience wasn’t enough, and Bob quickly fell in love with flying, getting his license in 2008. In 2011, after a short conversion course, Bob began flying fixed wing microlight aircraft too. In 2016 he obtained an instructor rating and has now logged over 1,100 hours on flexwing and has over 650 hours on fixed wing aircraft.  Now retired from ‘proper work’ (his words!), Bob loves to share his enthusiasm for flying by teaching others to fly and promoting this more affordable type of aviation.

Elaine Whitehead

Elaine Whitehead

Office and Co-Owner (aka The Boss!)

Elaine shares a passion for flight and loves introducing people to the joy of flying whether it be for a single flight experience or for sustained pilot training as they go on to gain a professional license.  

Elaine manages the instructors’ diaries and coordinates the bookings of all flights and will be happy to have a chat with you and answer any questions you might have. You can contact Elaine on 07708302803 or via email at info@alba-airsports.co.uk.

If you would like to speak to any of our team, please visit our Contact Form or email us on info@alba-airsports.co.uk

Covid 19 News

Update 16/04/21: - The flight school is now open and accepting bookings for Experience Flight voucher holders and PPL(Gyro) and NPPL(Microlight) flight training.

Thank you everybody for sticking around with us here at Alba Airsports.