MEET OUR PILOTS AND LEARN MORE ABOUT THEIR VAST MILITARY AND COMMERCIAL EXPERIENCE

Mark Greenfield

CEO

UPRT Instructor & Unlimited Aerobatic Display Pilot

Steve johnson

HEAD OF TRAINING

UPRT Instructor & Extra 300 Pilot

Chris Kingswood

Flight Instructor Examiner & UPRT Instructor

Margaret Cunningham

Extra 300 Instructor Pilot

neil Jones

UPRT Instructor & Extra 300 Pilot

James Gosling

UPRT Instructor Pilot

John Rands JR

John Rands

Instructor Pilot

Richard Esau

UPRT Instructor Pilot

Rob Curry

HEAD OF SAFETY

UPRT Instructor Pilot

Andy Bateman

Andy Bateman

Instructor Pilot

Andy Robins

Andy Robins

Instructor Pilot

Paddy Bolton

Instructor Pilot

Nick Rogers

Instructor Pilot

Emma Carter

Instructor Pilot

Stuart Rawlinson

UPRT Instructor Pilot

Derek Sington

Derek Sington

Instructor Pilot

Sam Worthington-Leese

Instructor Pilot

Tim Granshaw

Instructor Pilot

Charlie McIlroy

Pilot

Gilbert Dougherty

Instructor Pilot

Eddie Sproul

Pilot

The majority of our instructors are current or former military fast jet pilots, many of whom have fought and flown operationally in The Gulf War or Bosnia.

They include former Red Arrows pilots, test pilots, Jaguar, Typhoon, Hawk and Harrier pilots, as well as Spitfire display pilots.  

They all work for us part-time as they have full time jobs, mostly flying as Captains for commercial airlines.

They come and fly for us because flying is their passion and they want to share their love of flying with you!

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Based on 197 reviews
Naomi C
Naomi C
07/07/2024
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Utterly brilliant Utter Nutter experience! I can't recommend the Utter Nutter experience highly enough! I had a stupendous flight with Mark "Greeners", who was brillint and great fun, and had a lovely laugh with Corinne, Thea was so lovely, and great to finally meet Jo, who'd been so patient with all my availability changes! Everyone I met was as nice as could be though, and I couldn't have enjoyed the experience more! I was exceptionally lucky because we still had to burn off some fuel before starting the main aerobatics, so I got to do some flying and then an aileron roll myself as well :D I can't wait to come back for Insanity! Thank you to everyone for an absolutely marvellous morning! Btw everything was indeed explained carefully beforehand, as other reviewers have mentioned, which is great, but I'd be lying if I pretended I was following everything during the flight, being somewhat occupied with trying to stop my knees passing my ears at many points (only a small exaggeration; the forces really are amazing) ;D I was absolutely thrilled from start to finish! Even better than I'd hoped for! If you are worried about feeling queasy, don't be- you have to enthusiastically confirm you're ready for the next figure before flying it, so you could always stop and do something calmer if you needed to :)
Dougmcphee
Dougmcphee
25/06/2024
Verified
Top Gun Flight Experience What a fabulous and exhilarating experience on the Top Gun package for myself and 20 year old son last week. First time ever for us and truly enjoyed our time with Mags and Paddy. Top experience and highly recommended!
Expedition660142
Expedition660142
22/06/2024
Verified
Aerobatic flying - fully recommended! Went back to Goodwood to do Ultimate Highs Insanity challenge and it definitely lived up to the name! Professional pilots and staff who always explain what the flight will involve. Hoping to go back for their Armageddon challenge. Highly recommend Ultimate High for the best flying experiences you can have!
Adrian S
Adrian S
15/06/2024
Verified
The Tops I bought the Top Gun experience for my wife I have to say the team were warm and welcoming when we arrived at Goodwood The briefing was carried out in a very professional way with highlighting safety first which is very assuring when doing this type of activity Mags my wife’s pilot was very lovely Gills tummy wasn’t quite up to the full experience but she still had a great time so thanks to the team at ultimate high and a special thanks to Mags for your caring nature We would not hesitate to recommend ultimate high Many thanks again Adrian
Magick M
Magick M
14/06/2024
Verified
experience of a lifetime!! what a wicked day!!! i laughed so much, the team were incredibly supportive, my partner and i had an amazing time - we will be back!
Simon G
Simon G
10/06/2024
Verified
10 out of 10! Had an amazing time with the Ultimate High team, it was one hell of an experience flying loops over the south coast on the Top Gun experience! Certainly a day out I'll not forget in a hurry!
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Vacation16343180793
07/06/2024
Verified
The most amazing experience The team at Ultimate High were amazing. The flight was exhilarating with acrobatic manoeuvres that were thrilling. I would highly recommend this and I will definitely be back. The pilot I had on the day was also a pleasure to spend time with.
Zharri3
Zharri3
06/06/2024
Verified
Mind-blowing experience 10/10 UTTER NUTTER CHALLENGE for my 30th. This was my most insane experience I’ve ever completed, and it most certainly will be a hard one to top. I will never forget the day and I would certainly do it all over again! Big thanks to ‘Greeners’ and his team. You made me feel welcomed and reassured that I was in safe hands from start to finish. This experience topped my expectations and I think this has started to new high for me! Be sure to see me again soon Ultimate High team. Thanks again x
Samuel W
Samuel W
05/06/2024
Verified
Thank you to everyone at Ultimate High for an incredible and unforgettable Top Gun Air Combat experience What a fantastic experience! Thank you so much to all the team at Ultimate High for such a memorable Top Gun Air Combat experience - I thoroughly recommend to anyone who, like me, dreamt of being a fast jet pilot as a child, or for any thrill seekers in general. Great team, great experience and great memories!
Paula C
Paula C
01/06/2024
Verified
Amazing Space Flight Experience Had an amazing experience today at Ultimate High doing the Space Flight Experience. Our pilot Nick was amazing and made sure I was comfortable the whole time as I was apprehensive beforehand, can't recommend him and the rest of the staff highly enough. We haven't stopped smiling since and will definitely be booking to come back!

Mark ‘GREENERs’ Greenfield

CEO of Ultimate High, Mark is a former RAF pilot, and ran the world famous Empire Test Pilot School at Boscombe Down for QinetiQ. He has been coaching aerobatics for 30 years, and established the Ultimate High Flight Safety Academy in 2001 to specifically deliver advanced flying training to private and commercial pilots.

He is an experienced manager of air-to-air photo, video and TV shoots, and is an aviation and motoring journalist. He is one of a handful of UK pilots to hold an Unlimited Display Authorisation and has flown an Extra 300L in singleton and formation displays at airshows around Europe.

Mark has represented the UK on European Flight Safety Committees and presents widely on Flight Safety and Upset Prevention and Recovery Training.

STEVE ‘JOS’ JOHNSON

Jos is Ultimate High’s Chief Flying Instructor.  He flew Harrier GR3s operationally in West Germany, the Falkland Islands & Belize and then flew for the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows.  Jos flew with the Reds from 1988-1990 and in his third year flew in the prestigious position of Synchro Pair Lead.

He joined Team Toyota after leaving the RAF and displayed a Pitts Special around the world as part of a 4-ship aerobatic team led by Nigel Lamb. He has also displayed a variety of warbirds including the Spitfire, P-40, P-47, P-63, Hurricane, Wildcat, Hellcat & the F-4U Corsair. Jos recently retired from Virgin Atlantic, where he was a Training Captain, flying the A340, 330 and 320.

Jos has been instrumental in helping to develop and deliver our Industry Leading UPRT Upset Prevention and Recovery Training programme. In his spare time he plays classical piano and tinkers with old cars.

Chris ‘CJ’ Kingswood

CJ started his RAF career in the C130H Hercules and then spent a substantial amount of time instructing around the world.  He flew an exchange tour with the Canadian CT114 Jet, was lent to Saudi Arabia to instruct on the Pilatus PC9 and achieved an A1 QFI rating.

He left the military and flew with Virgin and easyJet where he became Chief Training Captain.

Chris has spent much time instructing on a variety of civilian and aerobatic aircraft including the Harvard,  Pitts S2, Tiger Moth, Yak 50 & 52.

CJ is also a highly sought after Flight Examiner and Instructor of Instructors.

Margaret ‘Mags’ cunningham

Mags flew the Falcon 20 with FR Aviation, providing electronic warfare training for RAF pilots and taking part in NATO exercises throughout the European theatre. Mags also worked for Flight Precision in Teesside calibrating navigational aids on the King Air.

Her day job is as a Captain on Airbus 320 and 321, but her first love has always been aerobatic aircraft. Mags has flown and instructed on the Chipmunk, Condor, Cap 10, Tiger Moth, Stampe, Super Cub, Pitts S2 & Christen Eagle, and of course the Bulldog, T67 and Extra 300.

Neil ‘Jonesy’ Jones

Neil started his flying career flying Sea King helicopters with the Fleet Air Arm, which included a tour in the Falklands.  He then moved onto the Sea Harrier, based on the Ark Royal, and also flew the Hunter and instructed on Hawk aircraft whilst with the Navy.

For several years he flew the “Arrows Experience” (formation aerobatics using 2 Pitts aircraft) at Thruxton with Ultimate High’s Head of Training Steve Johnson (Jos). 

Neil was at Virgin for 24 years flying the Airbus A320,  330 & 340 and was also a Training Captain. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he decided to take early retirement to spend more time on his hobbies:  aerobatics and motorbike riding.

JAMES GOSLING

James has over 2000 hours on the RAF Jaguar, flying in attack and reconnaissance roles, and was a flight commander and executive officer on 54(F) Squadron.

He flew on Operation Warden missions over Northern Iraq and Operation Deny Flight over Bosnia.  He had previously taught air combat and tactics at RAF Chivenor where he was a Qualified Weapons Instructor on the Hawk.

Following his flying in the RAF James did a ground tour as part of the RAF presentation team before joining the airlines where he currently flies the Airbus A320/330.

In his spare time he loves exercising his Border Collie Trixie.

John Rands JR

John ‘JR’ Rands

JR started his operational RAF career at Binbrook, flying the English Electric Lightning as a Weapons Instructor.

He then joined the Red Arrows, first as “Red 8”, then in the Synchro Pair, and thirdly as the Synchro lead “Red 6” position, with Steve “Jos” Johnson (Ultimate High’s Head of Training) as his wingman.

JR then spent 4 years flying the Harrier GR5/7 in Germany, before returning to the Red Arrows as Team Leader. In his 6 years in the Red Arrows he flew 650 public displays. He was awarded the OBE for his services, and is the only Red Arrow to have featured on “This Is Your Life”.

After leaving the RAF he flew the Boeing 747 as Captain with Cathay Pacific for many years, and now spends his spare time flying light aircraft and ski-ing in the Austrian Alps.

Richard ‘Rich’ Esau

Rich joined the RAF in 1983, whilst at Southampton UAS flying the Bulldog and, after basic training on the Jet Provost, became a first tour ‘creamie’ QFI on the Hawk at RAF Valley.  After this he was posted to the front-line to fly the Jaguar on 41(F) Squadron in the reconnaissance and attack roles.  He then completed a further Hawk tour and 2 more front-line Jaguar tours for RAF Coltishall flying on operations over Bosnia and Northern Iraq.

He has over 4000 hours flying fast jets and was a QFI on the Jaguar as well as the Hawk, leaving the Jaguar force as flight commander on 54(F) Squadron.

Outside the RAF he has enjoyed instructing on many light aircraft, including the Yak 52. He is now a Captain with a major UK airline flying the Airbus A330 & A350 and has also flown the Airbus A340 and Boeing B787. 

ROB CURRY

Rob went through RAF Valley and RAF Chivenor and was then posted to the Tornado GR1 in the Strike/Attack role at RAF Laarbruch in Germany. This was followed by tours at RAF Cottesmore and RAF Brüggen, on the updated Tornado GR4, flying on Operations in the Middle East and Eastern Europe.

Next he was posted to the Tornado F3 in the Air Defence role, operating from the RAF’s finest fighter base, RAF Leuchars, followed by a move down south to RAF Leeming to teach Navigators on the Hawk.

After leaving the RAF, Rob took a change of direction and worked as an Operations Analyst for a major defence contractor.  However, the call of aviation was too strong so he returned to the fold and is now a freelance flying instructor, and also works for the CAA in a safety analysis role.

Emma Carter

Emma says she was born to fly.  One grandfather was an Air Chief Marshall in the RAF, the other, a Hurricane pilot, was killed in the Battle of France in 1940. Emma trained to fly in the US and with a thousand hours under her belt answered an advert for bush pilots in Uganda.

There she would be flying tourists on safari one day and delivering Ebola samples from overgrown bush strips deep in rebel-controlled Congo the next. She flew munitions into Somalia in support of the American-backed African Union military expedition in 2008, when one half of Mogadishu’s runway was under control of extremist forces, having to fly ultra low-level approaches over the sea to avoid anti-aircraft fire; her aircraft was mortared on the ground but she lived to tell the tale.

She founded her own bush airline in 2008 which she then sold in 2014, moving to Sussex with 8,000 hours in her log book. These days she races a 1930 Riley Special, and flies her classic Zlin aerobatic aeroplane.

Andy Bateman

Andy Bateman

Andy’s first tour for the RAF was as a flying instructor at RAF Cranwell, training new pilots on the Jet Provost. He then converted to the Phantom and served in Germany in the Low Level Air Defence Role during the Cold War.

He was posted to the Operational Conversation Unit where he was responsible for all RAF Phantom Pilots’ Flying skills as OC Standards. He completed his RAF career in Norway where he assessed the Operational Readiness of Air Bases there and in Denmark and the Operational Effectiveness of Pilots on F16s and Drakens.

He then joined Virgin Atlantic, where he was a line training captain, flying Long Haul on the Airbus A340/330 and the Boeing 787. He now mostly lives in the south of France, but enjoys flying for Ultimate High whenever he is in the UK.

Andy Robins

Andy Robins

Andy joined the RAF at the age of 17 and flew the Tornado GR1/GR4 on exercises worldwide, including operational sorties in the Middle East, culminating with Gulf War 2. 

He then completed an instructional tour on the Tucano as an A2 QFI before a posting onto the Red Arrows as “Red 10”.  There he particularly enjoyed flying the photo chase filming sorties with a brave photographer in the back seat, and delivered the airshow commentary.

Andy’s next posting was to 32 (The Royal) Squadron where he flew Government and military VIPs in the Hawker Siddeley HS125, finishing as the last QFI on the aircraft when it went out of RAF service in 2015. 

Andy now enjoys flying the Airbus 320 around Europe and light aircraft in his spare time.

Paddy Bolton

Paddy has flown a wide variety of aircraft types and is currently a Training Captain and Type Rating Examiner on the Airbus A320 fleet for a major UK airline, with over 10,000 hours logged.

He started his flying career as an instructor before flying twin engine piston aircraft and the Kingair for an air ambulance company.   For several years he was the CFI of a south coast flying school where he introduced the AOPA aerobatics course and the WWII North American Harvard onto the fleet.

Paddy has displayed the Harvard and 8KCAB Super Decathlon.  His passion for flying has always been Aerobatics and although the day job is very much about the world staying the right way up, he enjoys nothing more than being upside down!

STUART ‘STU’ RAWLINSON

Stu started working with Ultimate High in 2002 collaborating on his Sport Science degree, examining aerobatic physiological and psychological performance.

This led to a life of aviation, starting with 15 years as a commercial instructor and examiner, ranging from Tiger Moths to high performance twin engine propeller aircraft which took him throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Most of this time was as Chief Pilot and trainer as an ILS calibrator, flying and certifying en-route and landing navigational equipment on behalf of the CAA and ICAO before moving to the airlines.

He’s flown Airbus 320/21, Boeing 747, 747 Freighters and is currently on the Boeing 787 dreamliner with Virgin Atlantic. In his spare time he has a passion for delivering UPRT and Aerobatics, and enjoys building confidence, competence and great Captaincy in his students.

 

Sam ‘Worthers’ Worthington-Leese

Sam joined the RAF in 2009 where he flew the Grob Tutor, Shorts Tucano and T67. The Strategic Defence and Security Review resulted in many pilots exiting the RAF in 2012, and after leaving he threw himself into civilian flying training where he instructed for 5 years.

Sam now flies the Boeing 737 as a day job, but his real passion lies with Aerobatics and Vintage Aircraft.  Since leaving the RAF he has flown over 2000hrs on many aircraft types including the Tiger Moth, Stampe, Piper Cub, Chipmunk, Extra 300, T67 Firefly, Harvard and Spitfire.

His ultimate goal is to become a Warbird Display pilot and he hopes to replicate his Grandfather’s WWII fighter flying.  He is also very involved in a charity established to rebuild a WWII Hawker Typhoon, which he will fly when it’s completed.

Derek Sington

DEREK SINGTON

Derek has recently returned from the Middle East where he spent 12 years instructing all aspects of the Lead-In Fighter Training (LIFT) course for BAE Systems.  Over 70% of his flying there was in close formation or on the wing.

Additional positions held at BAE included those of Human Factors Instructor, Head of Training and Head of Safety.

Prior to that he was in the RAF where he where was a Hawk QFI, a Jaguar QWI and Display Pilot, and Tornado F3 Flight Commander.

He has always had a love of GA flying (General Aviation) and has built and flies his own Vans RV-7 aircraft.

Tim Granshaw

Having been hooked on Aviation from a very early age, most of Tim’s adult life has been spent in and around aircraft of some description, starting off working in Aerodrome Operations, Air Traffic and in  Aviation Fire and Rescue.

Since getting his Commercial Licence and becoming an Instructor at the age of 26, most of Tim’s flying has been in historic, high performance tailwheel aircraft.

He teaches in Chipmunks, T6 Harvards and flies the Iconic Supermarine Spitfire MKIX and TR9 variants.

Tim splits his time between the role of Chief Flight Instructor for Boultbee (Spitfire) Flight Academy at Goodwood, and as a UPRT Instructor with Ultimate High.

Charlie McIlroy

Charlie has over 10,000 hours flying experience including over 4,000 hours of military fast jet flying.   He joined the RAF in 1975 on the same course as Bill Perrins and went on to fly the Lightning followed by a tour as a fast jet instructor on the Hawk.

He was the Hawk display pilot for 2 seasons and joined the Red Arrows in 1984. He flew as Red 8 and then joined the synchro pair for 2 years.  This was followed by 5 years of flying Harriers, both the GR3 & GR7, mostly in Germany where he served as a flight commander on 4 Squadron.

He left the RAF in 1993 to join Cathay Pacific Airways initially flying the Boeing 747 where he was a Captain flying Airbus A330 & A340 aircraft. He has also build and flies his own RV-4 aeroplane.  

Gilbert Dougherty

Gilbert joined the University of London Air Squadron where he spent three years as a competition aerobatic pilot on Grob Tutor and T67M260 aircraft winning the Ex-Members Trophy each year. Gilbert left the RAF following the Strategic Defence and Security Review 2010, crossing the corridor and joining the Royal Navy Reserve where he remains on the trained strength.

He has accrued over 3000 hours to date and since joining a well known British airline, Gilbert has flown A319/A320/A321 aircraft and currently flies the Boeing 747-400. He relaxes by instructing on a variety of vintage and modern piston aircraft.

Eddie Sproul

Eddie joined the RAF as a teenager and was “creamed off” to become an instructor on the Jet Provost and BAC167 Strikemaster in the Sultan of Oman’s airforce. 

He flew the Tornado F3 and served in Bosnia, the Gulf, Oman, Saudi Arabia, the Falklands and all over Europe.

As a commercial pilot he flew the B737, B757, B767 and A320 and went on to become Head of Standards and Head of Training at easyJet.

He also sat on the UK CAA and EASA working groups to implement Upset Prevention and Recovery training.