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Chief Inspector Retirement

Ken Craigie has announced that he will retire from the post of Chief Inspector later this summer.  Ken has been with the LAA and PFA for 31 years, having joined the team at Shoreham in January 1991.  His encyclopaedic knowledge of both the LAA fleet and the team of more than 350 Inspectors, most of whom he personally recruited, has been a major asset to the Association.  We wish Ken a happy and well deserved retirement, although he will continue as an Inspector and will be working closely with the LAA.

For anyone interested in this key role, please see the advert below:

LAA Engineering – Chief Inspector

Due to the imminent retirement of the current incumbent, we are recruiting a new Chief Inspector for the LAA’s CAA-approved A8-26 organisation, which now administers a fleet of 4,000+ aircraft owned by LAA members.

Main duties will be leading, recruiting, training, disseminating information to and liaising with the 350+ team of LAA inspectors within the UK who deal with light aircraft construction, restoration, embodiment of modifications and repairs, certification of aircraft maintenance and airworthiness reviews in relation to the issue of Certificates of Validity.  The role will also involve working closely with the CAA, AAIB and other aviation bodies.

The applicant must demonstrate experience in appropriate aspects of general aviation including a thorough knowledge of airframes, engines, modern avionics and aircraft systems.  A knowledge of vintage and classic aircraft as well as newer LAA types would be advantageous, as would being a current LAA inspector and / or a licensed aircraft engineer.

Candidates must be IT competent and familiar with Microsoft Office. Excellent communication skills are required and attention to detail is essential. Training on in-house systems will be given.

 This is a full-time post, Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.  It is principally based at LAA’s Turweston HQ, but also involves travel throughout the UK.  Salary dependent on experience.  Please send your CV to

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