Our Pilots

Vic Norman

Flying Experience: over 4100 hours
Displays Flown: 1500

Vic is the founder and CEO of AeroSuperBatics and has been flying since the age of 17.

He started display flying for a living in 1982, initially in a high performance Zlin 50 aircraft.

In 1987, he started the wingwalking display team, which has, over the years, been sponsored by Yugo Cars, Cadbury’s, Utterly Butterly, Guinot and Breitling.
Vic is one of the country’s most experienced display pilots with over 1500 displays under his belt. He is a Display Authorisation Examiner for the CAA, as well as an Honorary Air Commodore for 614 Squadron, an Ambassador for the Royal Air Force Association and a member of the Royal Air Squadron.

He is passionate about AeroSuperBatics and the Team and his motto is: “Never Stop Improving”.

 

David Barrell

Flying Experience: 4000 hours
Displays Flown: 900

With many thousands of hours flying Stearman aircraft, David leads the formation display. He really enjoys the challenge of flying a precise routine with Kirsten, Professional Wingwalker, dancing on the wing.

He initially studied Engineering at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.

He gained his Pilots Licence over 30 years ago at Marshall’s Aerospace.

David flew skydiving aeroplanes for a local club and at the same time gained display experience flying his own two aircraft, a 1943 Stearman and a 1980’s Yak 52.

David was selected to join the Team in 2006 and has been flying for Aerosuperbatics ever since. He is a full time member of the Team, jointly heading up the engineering team when he’s not flying.

Presently David has over 1000 air displays under his belt, he has flown over 6000 members of the public and many celebrities on the wing. This makes him one of the most experienced wingwalking pilots in the world, an enviable title which is held by his CEO Vic Norman.

David has flown at airshows all over the world, as far afield as China, Australia, India, Philippines, Kuwait, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates.

 

 

Andy Cubin

Flying Experience: over 16000 hours
Displays Flown: over 520

Andy Cubin joined AeroSuperBatics in early 2017, already a seasoned display pilot.

During his 20 – year Royal Air Force career, he display the Jaguar GR1a for 3 years between 1994 and 1996 before joining the Red Arrows as Red 5 and spending his second and third Team years as a member of the Synchro Pair.

After leaving the RAF, Andy decided to join the airlines but kept up airshow flying on various types including the Hunter, Gnat, Jet Provost, Extra 300 and now the Boeing Stearman.

He has performed at over 520 public air displays and is delighted to be flying as Number 2 in the AeroSuperBatics Display Team.

Andy has been flying for 44 years and has amassed a total of 16000 flying hours.

 

Brian Cornes

Flying Experience: over 13000 hours

From a very young age, Brian had a passion for all things aeronautical – he started gliding at the age of 14 and flew first solo in an aeroplane at age 16. He qualified as an aeronautical engineer and for 6 years built helicopters and jet engines, but longing to fly he joined the RAF and has now amassed more than 13,000 hours in the air, flying everything from the most rudimentary glider to the most sophisticated executive business jets.

Brian flew in the RAF for 23 years and was very lucky to fly a multitude of military aircraft spanning single seat fast jets as a fast jet instructor to multi engine transport aircraft.

Brian competed in the British aerobatic championships for many years, flying his home built aerobatic aircraft. He considers competition aerobatics to have taught him a great deal about flying.  It requires a very high degree of flying precision and discipline. Although Brian has been flying for over 40 years, he still considers it a great privilege and loves being in the air. He especially loves flying open cockpit biplanes and passing on the joy, thrill and nostalgia of flying to all his passengers.

 

 

Steve Hicks

Flying Experience: over 21000 hours
Displays Flown: over 300

Steve was a fast jet pilot in the RAF during the 1980’s flying Jaguars with 41 Sqn RAF Coltishall, and Harrier GR3’s with 4 Sqn RAF Gutersloh in Germany.

On leaving the RAF in 1989 he joined British Airways, and has flown the Boeing 747-400, 737 and Airbus 320. He has been a Training Captain for many years, and was on the initial team to bring the Airbus A380 into service with BA.

As captivated by flying as he was on the first day, Steve says he still thinks it is magical to have the freedom of a 3-dimensional world, looking down on the countryside. He loves the challenge of display flying, having to be cautious, disciplined and well prepared.

Steve is honoured to have been an AeroSuperBatics pilot for 14 years.

 

Steve ‘Nouj’ Noujaim

Flying Experience over 17000 hours

Displays Flown over 300

Steve began flying model aircraft when he was 15, soloed at 16 in gliders and 17 in powered aircraft.  Steve joined the RAF as a fighter pilot, serving for 16 years flying Lightning, Phantom, Tucano and Hawk aircraft.

Steve has flown historic and aerobatic aircraft at air displays throughout the UK and Europe in Spitfire, Mustang, Corsair, Sea Fury, Pitts Special and Extra 300.

After the RAF, Steve joined Virgin Atlantic and Captain on the Dreamliner. Steve built a small aircraft and flew solo to Cape Town and back, claiming the world record.

He has been awarded the Britannia trophy for the most meritorious flight by a UK pilot in a given year, he also holds the Masters Medal from the Honourable Company of pilots and a Queens Commendation for Valuable Services in the Air.

 

Nick Barnard

Flying Experience: over 1700 hours
Displays Flown: over 700

Nick was born into a total aviation family, as both his father and uncle were test pilots. Awarded a RAF Flying Scholarship at 17, Nick then flew with fellow Wingwalk pilot Steve Hicks at the Cambridge University Air Squadron.

Nick is co-founder of the Yakovlevs and the Redstarz teams and has displayed at over 700 airshows over 17 years, flying Yak 50s, 52s and the Sukhoi 29. Nick was introduced to the style and grace of the Stearman when test flying and reviewing this classic biplane for Flyer Magazine. It was love at first sight.

Nick loves the size and the power of the Stearman and relishes the challenge to fly smoothly and precisely – any way up.