Bruce Abbott

Chief Flying Instructor & Examiner  17400 hrs 

Bruce has an unrestricted instructor rating for SEP, MEP, Night, IR and aerobatics.

Nick Chittenden

Flying Instructor & Commercial Pilot 12500 hrs +

Nick started flying in 1988 and joined Air Atlantique as a DC3 pilot in 1993 before flying for Skybus and Air Southwest. He has flown many different types from long haul jets to microlights and now splits his time between flying VVIP charter jets and instructing at Bodmin.

Jay Gates

Airfield Manager

Jay has been involved in Aerodrome Operations and safety management for over 25 years including management roles with the Manchester Airports Group, Airports Company South Africa and Regional and City Airports Group. Jay also has experience as an Aerodrome Operations Trainer and Auditor with Airports Council International.

Pete White

Bodmin Airfield Events Organiser

Pete works tirelessly to open our doors and make flying available to everyone. Founder of “FOG” – Feet Off the Ground Charity, organising open days for Scouts/Bader Braves/Hospice SW and many other groups Join the FOG team – please take a look at the events page: EVENTS

Keith & Dotty Elderkin

‘Diner 31’ Managers

The Diner is run by Keith and Dotty Elderkin, providing creative cooking with intriguing combinations of ingredients, along with some traditional classics; these wonderfully flavored dishes are based on fresh locally sourced, seasonal produce.  Vegetarians, Vegans and special dietary requirements (such as gluten or dairy free) are easily catered for, please mention when booking. Children are welcome and we offer a child’s menu.

Darren Fern

Cornwall Flying Club Board Member

Darren is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and was given a trial lesson at Bodmin Airfield for his 40th birthday. During his 17 years at Bodmin he has acquired nearly 1400 hrs of flight time, mainly on tailwheel aircraft. He holds an EASA Instrument Rating, Night, Aerobatic and Floatplane Ratings and also has a Helicopter licence. He currently flys a Husky, and is in the process of building a Van’s RV8. Past CFC Chairman, Darren was re-elected to the board in October 2018 with the highest ever % of club members voting for him..a resounding acknowledgement of his years of hard work as Club Chairman.

Corinne Dennis

Cornwall Flying Club Board Member

Corinne was elected to the CFC Board in the summer of 2017, having joined the club in 2015. Having many years business experience Corinne’s input focuses mainly on the financial side of running the club. She is very active at club events, both in the air giving aerobatic displays and on the ground sharing information, particularly with our young visitors. Also an active volunteer at airfield maintenance days, usually seen brush in hand painting runway markers.

Pat Malone

Cornwall Flying Club Chairman & editor of the “Bodmin Flyer” Newsletter

In April 2018 Pat took on the role of newsletter editor. Pat is an award winning journalist, renowned for his articles in Aviation and Motorbike magazines. A keen pilot since 1984 (PPLA), 1989 (PPLH) and a helicopter instructor since 2001, Pat is often one of the front line pilots at the FOG events and in September 2018 was elected Club Chairman.

Arfur Bryant

Cornwall Flying Club Instructor

Ten tours in Iraq, flying experience in combat zones in Northern Ireland, the Falklands and the Gulf War, he has some 12,500 hours, roughly half on helicopters, half on fixed-wing. He has over 6,000 hours as an instructor and has spent almost 1000 hours on night vision goggles. He is in fact Ian Bryant MBE, an honour bestowed upon him for helicopter operations in Iraq – work which involved leading formations of half a dozen helicopters at very low level at night.

“Very friendly welcome and all normal facilities on the airfield so it made a good base to fly into. Even managed to get 3 days hangarage! 2 runways so it was possible to cope with the strong wind on arrival without a problem. Easy to spot and pretty straightforward arrival and circuit procedures. Well worth a visit!”