Matt first took to the skies while in the RAF CCF section at Exeter school where he flew Chipmunks. After studying Civil Engineering at Newcastle University and working for an investment bank in London he saw the light and made plans for a career in aviation. He went to the USA where he acquired his first private and professional licences (FAA Commercial CFI, CFII, MEI) and on his return converted to a CAA Frozen ATPL.


Matt's first experience of classic aircraft was in Gore in New Zealand where he converted to the Tiger Moth, his first tail-dragger and at that point hoped but never really dreamed it would be possible to fly vintage aircraft such as the Spitfire.


Matt first found work with a business jet management company, Hamlin Jet in Luton. He now manages and captains a Lear45, and also flies a Squirrel helicopter and of course the Spitfire. He is a display pilot and instructor.


Matt is the co-founder and managing director of the Academy.


BOULTBEE FLIGHT ACADEMY was established in 2010 and was the world's first Spitfire training school and approved Spitfire flight provider flying single seat and two seat spitfires. So if your question is:  Can I buy a flight in a Spitfire? Where can I fly in a Spitfire? or Where can I train to fly a Spitfire? the answer is that you can at Boultbee Flight Academy. The Academy is the world's authority on Spitfire flying. We offer Spitfire experience flights to non-pilots and Spitfire training to pilots. All of our two seat Spitfire flights are incredible experiences whether you are a pilot or not. A two seater Spitfire flight really is everything you will hope it to be and more. Flying in a Spitfire is an experience you won't forget. So why not come and fly with us? CLICK HERE for more information.

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