Experience & Integrity
An internationally diverse team of experienced aviators delivering specialist helicopter instruction – operating globally with the understanding of different safety regulations, and respect for the important cultural differences of our students and clients from around the world.
We pride ourselves on trusted team spirit with highly professional approach, and proven success bourne from exceptional aviation pedigree, across many disciplines.
Capable under pressure and able to focus on output to a higher standard, Vantage Aviation puts safety and client care at the very forefront.
James Newton DFC
CEO / Accountable Manager
After joining the Royal Navy as a Commando Helicopter Pilot in 1991, James has since flown 16 different types and amassed over 6000 hours as an Aircraft Commander. He saw Operational Service in a number of capacities, and in March 2004, was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross– the first in over 60 years to a Fleet Air Arm pilot.
During his career in the Royal Navy, James was appointed to a number of key positions, including Commanding 845 Naval Air Squadron, CENTCOM in the USA, Advanced Rotary Training Officer for 848 Naval Air Squadron, Naval Flying Standards Officer (CFS), Operations Officer for the Commando Helicopter Force (while deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq), and throughout his career was also involved in worldwide Counter Terrorism operations. He served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Ric Fox OBE
CFI / Safety Manager
Captain Ric Fox has over 12,000 hours on 32 types, CAA examiner and Instructor. His long and varied career in the Commando Force started in the Falklands war flying Wessex helicopters and included appointments as a Training Officer, Senior Pilot, Commanding Officer, as well as ‘Wings’ of the largest Royal Naval air base. His civilian experience is as broad and long – he has been the primary lead in the delivery of Chinese Rescue and Salvage contract; zero to EASA CPL/IR plus 100 hour SAR course in 12 months… there is no one better suited to be a CFI or teach you to fly…
All aircraft Commanders and Instructors with Vantage Aviation have a helicopter Commercial Pilots Licence with Flying Instructor rating (ATPL (H) FI)), as well as a commercial Aeroplane license with instrument rating (CPL (A)), and have in excess of 5000 hours total time.
Our instructors are vastly experienced – they have significant hours by day and night in many types of Helicopters.
Previous appointments have included; Base and Squadron Command. Central Flying School Examiners, Test Pilots, Operational pilots in Apache, Wildcat, Sea King, Merlin, Lynx, King Air, AW109, AW139, Sikorsky S76C++ and D, Sea Harrier and Opsrey. All have impeccable safety and experience record. All have EASA licences and many have Dual EASA and FAA. Key post holder has EASA, FAA and Fixed and Rotary Wing licences.