Starspeed expands with a trio of new pilots

Starspeed has expanded and added three new pilots to its flying team: Grégory Mélan comes with 2,700 hours of flying and is based in the South of France, Andrew Weinlein has 7,000 hours of flying, both fixed wing and rotary and Paul Price has more than 6,900 hours of flying.

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Simon Mitchell, director of Starspeed, says: “We’re delighted to welcome our new team members who bring with them specialist knowledge and experience and will be a great addition as we continue to increase our capabilities throughout Europe. Each one of them helps us to continue to provide our owners with added value that enables them to make the most of their helicopters.”

Grégory Mélan is trilingual in French, English and Italian and has many years experience of flying throughout Europe especially across the South of France, Italy, Switzerland and the Alps.

Local knowledge of the sort that Grégory brings is invaluable to us,” says Mitchell. “As well as understanding the weather and terrain that he is flying through. It also helps us to provide the best value in terms of operations: Knowing which airports have a fast turn around and the best support services can make a huge difference in terms of saving time and money.”

Andrew Weinlein, has previously flown with the Police Air Support Unit in the UK, Swiss Air Ambulance as well as for VIP clients. He brings enormous mountain flying experience both in Europe and Canada. Andrew will primarily be flying an Airbus Helicopter EC145 attached to a superyacht.

Paul Price comes to Starspeed with experience in both military and private aviation, including flying with the Blue Eagles Helicopter Display Team. He joins Starspeed as a training captain and will mainly fly the Airbus Helicopter EC135 and EC155.

Starspeed Ltd is the largest helicopter management, charter and training company in Europe. It presently operates 15 aircraft including the 15 seat Sikorsky S-92. The company has signed a preliminary sales contract for an AgustaWestland AW169 with an option for a second aircraft.

Terry Spruce

Terry is Senior News Editor and writes for both Corporate Jet Investor and Helicopter Investor. He is also responsible for our helicopter guides. Terry has been an aviation enthusiast since the early 1970s. He is a lapsed Private Pilot and ex-Piper Cherokee owner. He has flown a number of light aircraft and is comfortable sitting in the co-pilot's seat or the back of any aircraft. Before moving to journalism he was a banker for 20 years. You can contact him at: terry@corporatejetinvestor.com or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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