Mark Hayter, a Flying Instructor (FI) and Ground Examiner, has been working with Kemble Flying Club full time since July 2016. Mark cut his teeth flying light aircraft at Compton Abbas 18 years ago and he even completed an IMC Rating (instruments) and a Night Rating.
Mark owned his own light aircraft, a PA22 Tripacer, for some time, building hours, and then completed a light aircraft instructor course at Wellesbourne. Since then he has amassed over 3,000 hours as a light aircraft flying instructor.
Before the light aircraft instructor training Mark was bitten by the microlight bug and he has spent time with two of the top men in the industry: firstly converting to microlights with Gerry Breen in Portugal and then working for Mac Smith at Popham airfield in Hampshire.
Over the years Mark has flown more than twenty different microlight types, including flexwing aircraft, and he has flown over 6,000 hours as a microlight instructor.
In 2015 Mark had decided to take a break from flying and qualified as a driving instructor, partly attracted by the idea he would not get any cancelled lessons due to bad weather! But in 2016 he saw the Kemble Flying Club advertisement for an instructor and he couldn’t resit the opportunity to get back to doing what he loved!
Mark has Thursdays and Sundays as his days off and for bad weather days he still fits in some driving instruction with understanding pupils, and he has a chauffeuring job too. He still owns an aircraft, a CTSW, which is one of the fastest microlights with a 120kt cruise and he uses this at Kemble on occasions to help out with special events.
As you would expect from a former light aircraft instructor, and as a Microlight ground Examiner, Marks theoretical knowledge is extensive and he is always happy to switch booked flight lessons to ground-school training if it is not flyable and to take specific bookings for ground-school.