About CK Aviation

AIRCRAFT SALES, MANAGEMENT & TRAINING

We are pilots first and foremost. We are not wedded to any one manufacturer and that is important because it allows us to offer impartial and expert advice based on decades of flying both in commercial and general aviation.

CK Aviation has close working relationships with the major aircraft manufacturers and a deep understanding of their products which puts us in a unique position to guide a prospective new owner to the right aircraft for their requirements.

We provide purchase advice, arrange demonstration flights, guide you through the purchase process, manage your aircraft, take care of maintenance, hangarage, regulation compliance, pilot provision and even sell the aircraft for you at the end of your ownership experience. We take care of every detail freeing you up to enjoy the time-saving and life enhancing benefits that private aviation offers with none of the aggravation. We can even teach you to fly through our CAA Approved Training Organisation (ATO) offering every course you need to go from beginner to flying your own high performance aircraft.

We are not salesmen and we do not work for a manufacturer. We work with absolute integrity offering impartial advice with a desire to see our clients get the very best experience from aviation, safely, efficiently and effectively. The value that we add comes from our years of experience in the industry.

Meet Our People

Charlie and Nils our founders have considerable experience in both commercial and general aviation.

CHARLIE KIMBELL

CHARLIE KIMBELL

Charlie has over 25 years’ experience in aviation. He has clocked up in excess of 12,000 hours as a commercial pilot, which has included flying the Airbus A320/A321/A330 family at Monarch Airlines, the four engine A340-600 at Virgin Atlantic and more recently as the Captain of a privately-owned Gulfstream.

Charlie has a longstanding interest in General Aviation, having been a flight instructor since his early twenties. Following a Royal Air Force flying scholarship he became an instructor at Northants School of Flying—his family business. Here, Charlie helped to develop the business taking it from an ailing company with 3 aircraft to a busy flying school with 11 aircraft and 400 members. During this time Charlie specialised in vintage tailwheel and aerobatic instruction.

A passion for aerobatics led to the establishment of his own training business, using a Pitts Special S2C, where he taught AOPA aerobatic courses and Basic to Advanced level competition flying. He also offered Upset Recovery Training (UPRT) and Advanced Handling courses to pilots looking to improve their general handling. An enthusiastic competitor himself, Charlie holds two national aerobatic championship titles.

For five years, Charlie worked closely with Cirrus Aircraft UK as an aircraft sales representative and factory approved CSIP (Cirrus Standardised Instructor Pilot). Charlie is Head of Training for the CK Aviation Services Approved Training Organisation and instructs for the PPL, Night, Aerobatic and Instrument Ratings and is also a Class Rating and Instrument Rating Examiner.

Charlie’s interests include cooking, mountain biking, motorcycling and vintage aircraft which is a particular interest being current on the Harvard and Spitfire.

Charlie is available to provide subject matter expert consultation for:

  • Aircraft Sales
  • Aircraft Procurement
  • Aircraft Management
  • Flight Training
  • Examination and Revalidation
NILS JAMIESON

NILS JAMIESON

Nils has over 30 years’ experience in aviation and is currently a Boeing Technical Pilot and Training Captain for a major UK airline. A keen aviator with over 8000 hours, he is also qualified to fly helicopters and is an aircraft owner and flying instructor. As well as flying, Nils has undertaken a number of other aviation roles, including in Aerodrome Fire Fighting, Air Traffic Services, Aerodrome planning and licensing and Operations Management.

As a Chartered Mechanical Engineer, Nils worked for several years in the FMCG sector as a Design Engineer, Production Manager and latterly Internal Auditor. International audit experience led to work as a Quality Manager for a number of small aircraft engineering firms in the UK and Nils continues to act as an external auditor or Compliance Monitoring Manager for a private jet operator and four flight training schools.

Nils’ other consultancy work has included aerodrome planning projects and studies of the impact of planned construction on aviation activity at several UK aerodromes. He has also acted as an aviation SME for planning applications concerned with or impacting on General Aviation.

As one of a team of volunteer Regional Safety Officers working for GASCo, Nils visits most small UK aerodromes to deliver flight safety education presentations to private pilots, on behalf of the CAA. He also presents on the CAA Airspace Infringement Awareness Courses and is involved in the development of General Aviation safety education material.

Nils is available to provide subject matter expert consultation for:

  • Part M and ML Engineering Approvals
  • Part ATO and DTO Approvals
  • Planning Applications affecting GA Aerodromes
  • GA Organisation SMS, Compliance Management and Part OPS Audit
  • General Aviation Aerodrome Operations