Category Archive: Pilot

  1. Vic Norman

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    Flying Experience: over 4100 hours
    Displays Flown: 1500

    Vic is the founder and CEO of AeroSuperBatics and has been flying since the age of 17.

    He started display flying for a living in 1982, initially in a high performance Zlin 50 aircraft.

    In 1987, he started the wingwalking display team, which has, over the years, been sponsored by Yugo Cars, Cadbury’s, Utterly Butterly, Guinot and Breitling.
    Vic is one of the country’s most experienced display pilots with over 1500 displays under his belt. He is a Display Authorisation Examiner for the CAA, as well as an Honorary Air Commodore for 614 Squadron, an Ambassador for the Royal Air Force Association and a member of the Royal Air Squadron.

    He is passionate about AeroSuperBatics and the Team and his motto is: “Never Stop Improving”.

  2. Martyn Carrington

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    Flying Experience: over 9000 hours
    Displays Flown: 1200

    Martyn has a keen interest in flying since taking his first flight from his little local airfield at the age of 9, and remarkably gained his licence to fly solo only a few days after his 17th birthday.

    Martyn has always enjoyed flying vintage aircraft and became a flying instructor and examiner, working at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, where he flew for many years. It was during this time that Martyn developed his passion for airshows and display flying.

    Martyn went on to join the AeroSuperBatics team and learned many new flying skills, including close formation flying, the art of landing on a trailer and wingwalking.

    Martyn now generally flies as a wingman in most of the team displays and he enjoys the challenge of keeping his Boeing Stearman in formation.

    His favorite manoeuvre is the ‘Mirror’ formation as he loves the thrill of hanging upside down in an open cockpit aeroplane!

  3. David Barrell

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    Flying Experience: 4000 hours
    Displays Flown: 850

    Dave always wanted to fly, and once he completed his pilot’s licence at Cambridge Aero Club in 1995, he immediately wanted to fly wingwalking aircraft after seeing the AeroSuperBatics Team perform.

    Dave flew parachute aircraft to build hours and, to gain the relevant tailwheel experience, he bought a Stearman and flew local air displays which stood him in good stead to join the AeroSuperBatics Team.

    Having been a Team member since 2006, Dave now has hundreds of shows under his belt and absolutely loves the thrill and challenge of flying close formation in low level wingwalking displays.

    After 10 years, he is still as keen as ever to come to work! He loves all aspects of his job as no two days are the same, from flying at airshows to performing engineering tasks.


  4. Steve Hicks

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    Flying Experience: over 19000 hours
    Displays Flown: over 300

    From a very young age, Steve always wanted to fly – he started gliding 40 years ago. His first solo in an aeroplane was whilst at university, courtesy of the Air Squadron. He has also tried his hand at hang gliding, paragliding and hot air ballooning but has not yet been brave enough for a parachute jump!

    Steve was a fast jet pilot in the RAF for 9 years flying Harriers and Jaguars. He then joined British Airways in 1989, flying the Boeing 747-400, 737 and Airbus 320. He is now a Training Captain on Airbus A380, flying longhaul routes out of London Heathrow Airport.

    As captivated by flying as he was on the first day, Steve says he still thinks it is magical to have the freedom of a 3-dimensional world, looking down on the countryside. He likes the challenge of display flying, having to be cautious, disciplined and well prepared.

    Steve is honoured to have been an AeroSuperBatics pilot for 10 years.

  5. Andy Cubin

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    Flying Experience: over 16000 hours
    Displays Flown: over 520

    Andy began flying at the age of 13, gained his Private Pilot’s Licence at 17 and joined the RAF at 18. During his 20 year service he mainly flew the Jaguar, gaining over 3500 hours on type and displaying the aircraft for 3 years from 1994-97.

    In 1998, he was selected for the Red Arrows, where he served for 3 years, finishing his tour as Red 6 – leader of the Synchro Pair. He was awarded the MBE by Her Majesty the Queen in 1998 for military service.

    After leaving the RAF in 2000, Andy continued display flying in aircraft as diverse as the Hawker Hunter, Folland Gnat and Extra 300. He had flown in excess of 520 public displays.

    His day job is an airline Captain flying the Airbus A320 series, but he is an accomplished photographer, an expert witness specialising in aviation accidents and enjoys playing the guitar.

  6. Brian Cornes

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    Flying Experience: over 13000 hours

    From a very young age, Brian had a passion for all things aeronautical – he started gliding at the age of 14 and flew first solo in an aeroplane at age 16. He has now amassed more than 13,000 hours in the air, flying everything from the most rudimentary glider to the most sophisticated executive business jets.

    Brian flew in the RAF for 23 years and was very lucky to fly a multitude of military aircraft spanning single seat fast jets as a fast jet instructor to multi engine transport aircraft.

    Brian competed in the British aerobatic championships for many years. He considers competition aerobatics to have taught him a great deal about flying.  It requires a very high degree of flying precision and discipline.

    Although Brian has been flying for over 40 years, he still considers it a great privilege and loves being in the air. He especially loves flying open cockpit biplanes and passing on the joy, thrill and nostalgia of flying to all his passengers.

  7. Nick Barnard

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    Flying Experience: over 1700 hours
    Displays Flown: over 700

    Nick was born into a total aviation family, as both his father and uncle were test pilots. Awarded a RAF Flying Scholarship at 17, Nick then flew with fellow Wingwalk pilot Steve Hicks at the Cambridge University Air Squadron.

    Nick is co-founder of the Yakovlevs and the Redstarz teams and has displayed at over 700 airshows over 17 years, flying Yak 50s, 52s and the Sukhoi 29. Nick was introduced to the style and grace of the Stearman when test flying and reviewing this classic biplane for Flyer Magazine. It was love at first sight.

    Nick loves the size and the power of the Stearman and relishes the challenge to fly smoothly and precisely – any way up.

    Pretty soon, he’ll be teaching his children, Max and Emily to fly; but Emily has other plans – to be a wingwalker of course.