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“Hummingbird provide first class training through employing the best instructors teaching small class sizes in state of the art training facilities. As well as being approved by the CAA to provide preparation and assessment as a National Qualified Entity (NQE), we are also a CAA approved Aviation Training Organisation (ATO) providing manned helicopter pilot training.

 

Our pilots and assessors are actively operating as both Commercial Helicopter Pilots and Commercial Drone Pilots. With over 30 years of manned and unmanned aviation experience between us, we look forward to passing on everything we know, to you, in an informal but safety driven atmosphere.”

 

Captain Matthew M Rake
EASA ATPL(H) FAA ATPL(H) FI(H) GR BA (HONS)

The Team

Matthew Rake

MD

Matthew has both European (EASA) and United States (FAA) ATPL(H) Licenses, the highest grade of license available to Professional pilots. Matt is type rated on 7 aircraft types including the Sikorsky S92 to the smaller Bell 412EP 'Hughie', R22 and 44.

Most recently he spent 5 years flying from Aberdeen to oil installations, ships and floating support vessels on the North Sea. Prior to flying on the North Sea Matthew flew for the Saudi Red Crescent in the then newly formed Civilian Air Ambulance and was based in both Jeddah, Riyadh and AbuDhabi.

Matt has flown drones for several years, has a PfCO and has completed multiple SUA Commercial Operations. His goal is to pass on his knowledge and provide safe, consistent but heavily customer focused, Drone training, and he looks forward to meeting you.

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Lewis Steeper

Flight Assessor & Theory Instructor

Lewis has held a PfCO since Jan 2017, has 100 hours of commercial drone operational flight time and over 350 hours of other drone flight time.

Lewis has gained a huge amount of experience using Drone technology to complete volumetric surveys and looks forward to passing on his knowledge.

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Helen Spedding

Helen is a Director of Hummingbird Helicopters and Drones and Compliance Monitoring Manager for both Hummingbird Helicopters Ltd and Hummingbird UAV. She is a Production Manager for a documentary film making company and was part of the production team that won a BAFTA in 2017 for the documentary ‘Hillsborough’.

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Nick Sievewright

Flight Assessor

After a full career in the Royal Air Force and then a stint working in London Nick formed and ran several successful businesses before turning a passion into a hobby in 2009 and becoming a full time photographer. A few years ago he was let down on a construction job when the aerial photographer he had contracted to do some work didn’t turn up. Working on the premise that if a job’s worth doing it’s worth doing yourself he bought a drone and went on a CAA approved course to get his permissions to fly commercially. Since then Nick has flown his drones regularly for clients. Nick also teaches photography and has taught over 500 people how to get the most out their cameras.

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