The Team


Wakeed 15jun17(sm)Waked Jayyousi - Owner

Took over the business in early 2017 and has great plans to develop Modern Air...

He started his flying career in the early eighties as an instructor at Bourn RFC and Marshalls. He also helped out Derick as an instructor/examiner in the early days of Modern Air.

Waked has held an ATPL since 1986 and has over 14,000 hours to his credit, flying business jets worldwide. He is now planning to spend more time being involved with Light Aircraft which has always been his passion.

Christine (sm)Christine Bouma

Christine helped start Modern Air and has held PPL/Multi/IMC/Night licences and can find her way to all our club trip destinations provided she routes via Dover VOR.. Even if your destination is for instance Jersey and you are relying on Christine for navigation it is essential you include DVR in your flight plan... Actually Christine has flown into snow covered runways, transited the Rhone valley more times than she can remember and formed long, deep and meaningful relationships with air traffic controllers throughout Europe, She is now providing essential IT support and bringing glamour into the office...!

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Kevin Gilbert

Kevin has many years experience.... Fishing, creating thunderstorms, predicting Formula 1 podium stars as well as maintaining our aircraft. Kevin can diagnose a PA28 cranking without the mags on at 100 metres... He can sign off the 25hr, 50hr and duplicate checks on Single Engine Aircraft.


Martin Cavinder (sm)
Martin Cavinder

Started his aircraft engineering career at Bourn RFC in 1982. He enjoys working alongside Kevin (when he is not relaxing on one of the Greek Islands) adding to the maintenance skills needed to keep our fleet in tip-top condition.



Sandra 23sep17(sm)
Sandra Jayyousi

Sandra, working alongside Christine, may appear to be providing Admin support and keeping the accounts in order, but in fact between the two of them, they are running the show! She is currently working on obtaining her Radio Licence and her PPL in the near future.


DerickG (sm)Derick Gunning -Chief Flying Instructor and CAA Examiner

Derick has 9500hrs fixed wing experience, mainly in Piper Aircraft since gaining his PPL in Dallas Texas 1981 and subsequently gaining UK CPL/IR in 1986.

After a brief spell instructing at Panshangar in 1988 he started 'Modern Air' at Fowlmere with one Piper Arrow aircraft (G-BONC).

From 1992 to 2002 Derick taught over 50 students through PPL and subsequently a similar number of IMC Ratings to date and continues to Examine Multi/IRR and PPL SEP/MEP Class Ratings. Derick remains available for Revalidations/Renewals and Checkrides on all fleet aircraft (except the Cirrus).

Derick is an enthusiastic cruising sailor and offers instructional trips to Benodet at the mouth of the river Odet on the Finistere coastline of Brittany where he keeps a small yacht.

Laurie (sm)Laurie Parke

Providing technical and admin support, Laurie retired from a lifetime working as an engineering surveyor in the aviation industry. He has been involved in obtaining the Modern Air Maintenance and Airworthiness approvals. He gained his UK PPL at Modern Air and had the distinction of being on board when our first Tomahawk decided to 'bend' a pushrod in its 120hr factory new engine during his Navigation Flight Test over Melton Mowbray! Fortunately we managed to limp into Leicester...

Gary Thomas

Gary provides refuelling and Logistic support at weekends. He took on the role based on Derick’s promise of a flight to the Forts off the East Coast which he knows a lot about - must get around to this..!