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

Dave has been flying for nearly 30 years, originally gaining his Pilot’s Licence at Cambridge. Initially he flew parachute aircraft and gained experience flying his own 1943 Stearman.

Dave was selected to join the Team at the end of 2006 and has been flying for Aerosuperbatics ever since.

Today, with thousands of hours flying Stearman aircraft, Dave leads the formation display, he says that he really enjoys the challenge of flying a precise display with a wingwalker performing on the wing.

He is also one of the Team engineers and when he is not performing at a show somewhere around the World, he works in the hangar maintaining the Team aircraft. In his spare time he enjoys tinkering with one of his motorbikes!

 

 

Steve Hicks

Flying Experience: over 20000 hours
Displays Flown: over 300

From a very young age, Steve always wanted to fly – he started gliding 40 years ago. His first solo in an aeroplane was whilst at university, courtesy of the Air Squadron. He has also tried his hand at hang gliding, paragliding and hot air ballooning but has not yet been brave enough for a parachute jump!

Steve was a fast jet pilot in the RAF for 9 years flying Harriers and Jaguars. He then joined British Airways in 1989, flying the Boeing 747-400, 737 and Airbus 320. He is now a Training Captain on Airbus A380, flying longhaul routes out of London Heathrow Airport.

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 likes the challenge of display flying, having to be cautious, disciplined and well prepared.

Steve is honoured to have been an AeroSuperBatics pilot for 12 years.

 

Andy Cubin

Flying Experience: over 16000 hours
Displays Flown: over 520

Andy began flying at the age of 13, gained his Private Pilot’s Licence at 17 and joined the RAF at 18. During his 20 year service he mainly flew the Jaguar, gaining over 3500 hours on type and displaying the aircraft for 3 years from 1994-97.

In 1998, he was selected for the Red Arrows, where he served for 3 years, finishing his tour as Red 6 – leader of the Synchro Pair. He was awarded the MBE by Her Majesty the Queen in 1998 for military service.

After leaving the RAF in 2000, Andy continued display flying in aircraft as diverse as the Hawker Hunter, Folland Gnat and Extra 300. He had flown in excess of 520 public displays.

His day job is an airline Captain flying the Airbus A320 series, but he is an accomplished photographer, an expert witness specialising in aviation accidents and enjoys playing the guitar.

 

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.

 

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 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. 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.

 

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.

Pretty soon, he’ll be teaching his children, Max and Emily to fly; but Emily has other plans – to be a wingwalker of course.