Meet our dedicated and enthusiastic team

Meet Our Team

Chris Copple

Flight Instructor, Ground and Flight Examiner, Radio Telephony Examiner, BMAA and LAA Check/Test pilot.

Chris started learning to fly at Barton in 1987 and gained his PPL on Light aircraft in 1989. In 1996 his gained his instructor rating on microlights and in 1997 started full time instructing. In 2003 Chris took over Mainair Flying School.

Chris can be contacted on 07721 682 184

Marcus Furniss

Flight Instructor, Ground and Flight Examiner and BMAA Check Pilot.

Marcus started flying paragliders in the mid 90’s, moving on to flexwing microlights in 2001. The lure of fixed wing comfort soon followed and since then Marcus has owned and/or flown most fixed wing microlight types. When not working, Marcus enjoys air touring with friends or flying aerobatics in a 1965 Citabria tail dragger.


Mary Copple

Wife of Chris Copple, Mary assists with the general administration of the Flying School. Mary gained her NPPL in 2003 and has flown the Thruster T600N, T300, Ikarus C42, Flight Design CTSW and the EV97 Eurostar.




Tony Partakis

Flight Instructor

Tony started his flying career in 1977 by jumping out of aircraft. He became a member of the Herefordshire sky diving team (Shobdon) and often conducted displays in the summer months. In 1985 Tony gained his PPL licence and then gained his full instructors rating in 1998.

Tony enjoys playing squash and is a keen chess player.

David Woodward

Radio Telephony Instructor

David has been flying with Mainair since 2011 when he started taking lessons on our Ikarus C42. After gaining his licence he went on to fly the Eurostar and has been on many trips since.

In May 2013, David became a FISO in the tower at City Airport and has since started to instruct Radio Telephony at Mainair. He also is passionate about airspace safety and works closely with Manchester Airport Group and NATS to improve the safety of the airspace that we fly in.