ABOVE: Nick Stone has run an aircraft restoration company for the last seven years

The Light Aircraft Association (LAA) has announced the appointment of Nick Stone as new Head of Airworthiness.

‘Nick brings a vast wealth of aircraft knowledge as well as a real world understanding of the need for good process and procedure’ explains the LAA, elaborating that ‘throughout Nick’s working life the one constant has been a passion for aviation’.

After starting his aviation journey as a volunteer at a local aircraft museum aged 14, Nick started flying gliders aged 16. Having started his career in the Royal Air Force, Nick then went on to work in the aerospace industry working with British Aerospace and Slingsby Aviation as an inspector, methods engineer and quality engineer.

Following a period in the United States (working with Eastern Airlines in Miami and Learjet in Wichita), Nick also worked in Chihuahua, Mexico as Inspection/Quality representative of Shorts Aerospace before relocating back to the UK.

Also the holder of a PPL, Nick has spent many years building and restoring vintage aircraft prior to becoming an LAA inspector. “As an LAA inspector I understand the need to move forward and change and adapt to an ever changing but exciting world,” he explained. “Having run my own aircraft restoration company for the last seven years I feel it is important to understand your customers”.

“Nick is a great addition to the LAA staff,” noted LAA CEO Simon Tilling, concluding that the team are looking forward to working with him in the near future.