Buster Jeffrey is the CFI and CAA Flight Examiner at RAF Halton Aero Club.

 

Buster’s career after leaving school from 1971 – 1977 was employed as a Commercial HGV Fitter for Stern Osmat, Stocklake, Aylesbury.

1977 – 1981 HGV Driver for DCA (the Donut company of America) Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury.

1981 – 1984 HGV Driver for CBS Records, Rabans Lane, Aylesbury.

In 1984, he started his own business in the Motor Trade, trading under B & T Motor Services and in 1991 he had bought a car sales retail outlet on Cambridge Street, Aylesbury, which was called BT Cars dealing in mainly classic cars. Buster had always had a keen interest in Aviation and joined RAF Halton Aero Club as student Pilot in 1997, he gained his PPL in 1998 and in 1999 Buster added an IMC, Night and Tailwheel rating to his licence.

In 2002 Buster was told that his retail premises was up for demolition under the new development of Aylesbury Town Centre.

This left Buster in a position where he could further his ambitions to become a Commercial Pilot.

Later that year he signed up with Oxford Aviation Training at Kidlington for full time ground school training to gain his ATPL ground Exams; upon passing all exams Buster moved to Bonus Aviation, Cranfield and did his multi engine aircraft rating and multi engine IR to gain his CPL. After finishing all the training he decided to add an Instructor rating and upon gaining his Instructor rating Buster was offered a position within Bonus Aviation as an Instructor.

He worked at Bonus from 2003 until late 2004  and during all this time Buster was still an active member at HAC. When the full time Instructors position became available within HAC, Buster applied for the position and was successful in gaining that position from 2004 – 2006, as the full time Instructor and DCFI.

In 2006 a position became available with a Executive Jet outfit called London Executive Aviation. Buster had the interview and SIM checkride and to his astonishment he was offered the position as First Officer on a Citation 560 XL. Buster then had a very busy 4 weeks, as it was straight back to Oxford for a MCC course on a B737 SIM and then to Gatwick for a flight to San Antonio in America to gain his type rating with Flight Safety on the Citation 560XL.

On returning from America he need to complete 3 circuits in the Jet at Cambridge before he could start flying with PAX .

Buster was then offered the position as CFI with HAC in 2007, which he accepted and at this time he also became a CAA Flight Examiner.

Buster continued juggling his duties as First officer, CFI and Examiner until 2010.

Since this time Buster remains the CFI/Examiner and a member of staff all on a part time basis, however, he provides more like full time hours and is on call 24/7

Buster has gained 4000 flying hours in this time, which is steadily increasingly month-to-month.