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Jon Cooke - Regional Safety Officer Midlands and M40 Corridor

Born in the Midlands, Jon was awarded a flying scholarship whilst in the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) at school. This sparked a desire to pursue a career in aviation, and after leaving school he went on to instruct at Clacton Aero Club, Halfpenny Green and Wellesbourne. He also flew the De Havilland Tiger Moth and Dragon Rapide for Classic Wings at Duxford. His airline career has taken him worldwide flying the Handley Page Herald, Boeing 737-3/4/500, Boeing 777-200 and Boeing 747-400 and now he is an Airbus Captain for a major UK airline.

Jon has flown and instructed on a wide variety of vintage and modern aircraft, and retains his passion for flying and instructing. He owns a Vans RV6 and is currently Chairman of the Pilot Coaching Scheme for the Light Aircraft Association (LAA) and was recently presented with an award for Advancement in Flight Safety as a part of his work with the LAA.  Jon has also been awarded the Master CFI accreditation by the Master Instructors LLC the international accrediting authority for the Master Instructor designation. The Master CFI is also a national accreditation recognised by the FAA. He is the first and only Master CFI in the United Kingdom. Jon is a Flight Instructor Examiner, Air/Ground Operator Examiner and RTF Examiner.

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