Waked Jayyousi - Owner

Waked took over the business in early 2017 and has great plans to develop Modern Air...

He started his flying career in the early eighties as an instructor at Bourn RFC and Marshalls. He also helped out Derick as an instructor/examiner in the early days of Modern Air.

Waked has held an ATPL since 1986 and has over 14,000 hours to his credit, flying business jets worldwide. He is now planning to spend more time being involved with Light Aircraft which has always been his passion.

Christine Bouma

Christine helped start Modern Air and has held PPL/Multi/IMC/Night licences although for now just keeps her SEP Class Rating current. She has flown into snow covered runways, transited the Rhone valley more times than she can remember and formed long, deep and meaningful relationships with air traffic controllers throughout Europe.

Christine also holds a Ground RTF Licence and can give basic air/ground information ie runway in use and radio check.

She is now providing essential IT support and bringing glamour into the office...!

Sandra Jayyousi

Sandra, working alongside Christine, may appear to be providing Admin support and keeping the accounts in order, but in fact between the two of them, they are running the show! She is currently working on obtaining her Radio Licence and her PPL in the near future.

Kevin Gilbert - Chief Engineer

Kevin has been working in aviation since the eighties at Elstree, Leavesden and Panshanger prior to coming to Fowlmere in the early nineties.

After many years working with our previous engineer, he is now Chief Engineer and an 'early bird', travelling in daily from Borehamwood before most of us are awake.

His interests include fishing, creating thunderstorms, predicting Formula 1 podium stars as well as maintaining our aircraft. He often diagnoses a PA28 cranking without the mags on at 100 metres...

Martin Cavinder

Martin started his aircraft engineering career at Bourn RFC in 1982 and then worked for Colton Aviation at Little Staughton, finally taking over the business when Fred Latiffe retired. He ran this until being persuaded to join Modern Air.

He introduced several very useful contacts who provide us with 'oversight' for engineering and subsequently enabled us to pass our CAA Audit with 'Nil Findings', a record which we have maintained for several years.

Martin enjoys working alongside Kevin (when he is not relaxing on one of the Greek Islands) adding to the maintenance skills needed to keep our fleet in tip-top condition.

Derick Gunning

Derick is Instructor and Examiner qualified and will be concentrating on Revalidation and Renewals of PPL SEP/MEP Class Ratings and the IR(R) Training and Examining. He has 9,500hrs fixed wing experience, mainly in Piper Aircraft since gaining his PPL in Dallas Texas 1981 and subsequently gaining UK CPL/IR in 1986.

After a brief spell instructing at Panshangar in 1988 he started 'Modern Air' at Fowlmere with one Piper Arrow aircraft (G-BONC).

From 1992 to 2002 Derick taught over 50 students through PPL and subsequently a similar number of IMC Ratings to date and continues to Examine Multi/IRR and PPL SEP/MEP Class Ratings. Derick remains available for Revalidations/Renewals and Checkrides on all fleet aircraft (except the Cirrus).

Derick is an enthusiastic cruising sailor and offers instructional trips to Benodet at the mouth of the river Odet on the Finistere coastline of Brittany where he keeps a small yacht.

Richard Francis

Richard started flying gliders from the age of 12 and powered aircraft from age 16. He holds  CPL/IR/Multi/ Flight Instructor licences and has around 7000 flying hours.

He has worked at Bourn, Duxford, Rougham, Sandy and Gransden Lodge and is also a RT instructor.

He has a passion for cream cakes and wine!

Laurie Parke

Laurie works part time providing technical and admin support after retiring from a lifetime working as an engineering surveyor in the aviation industry. He played a large part in achieving our audit record and was solely responsible for producing and getting our exposition approved. He continues to play a vital part in keeping us compliant and conducts Quality Checks frequently, ensuring we maintain the high standard we strive for.

He gained his UK PPL at Modern Air and had the distinction of being on board when our first Tomahawk decided to 'bend' a pushrod in its 120hr factory new engine during his Navigation Flight Test over Melton Mowbray! Fortunately we managed to limp into Leicester...

Laurie plays golf and tennis when his knees allow.

Gary Thomas - Refuelling & Logistics

Gary spent many years working for ARC at Duxford and is very knowledgeable about WWII aircraft.

He provides refuelling support and assists with aircraft movements/refuelling at weekends.