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Alasdair Shinner - Operations Director

Alasdair Shinner

Alasdair is responsible for the safe and efficient delivery of ground and flying training instruction across all of Ascent’s flying training units. The role provides the key interface with the customer at one-star level across RAF 22 Group and the MoD, and also provides the senior aircrew interface between the Company and the Customer.

Alasdair served for 18 years in the Royal Air Force as a fast jet pilot and staff officer.  He flew Hawk and Tornado F3 as an A2 QFI. He amassed 3500 flying hours and saw operational duty in the Balkans, Falkland Islands and the Gulf.

On leaving the RAF in 2005 he joined BAES and then in 2010 joined Ascent Flight Training as the General Manager at RAF Valley.  Here he was responsible for the delivery of the training pipeline for military QFIs and ab-initio students, the squadron headquarters, aircraft hangar, flight simulators, courseware and an Ascent training cadre.

Alasdair collects 20th century ceramics and pinball machines and lives with his family in North Wales.