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The DEA Team

The team at Diamond-Executive is here to help you, see who's who!

Peter Bondar: CEO

Peter is a co-founder, Chief Executive Officer and Accountable Manager with direct responsibility for ensuring DEA's operations comply with CAA, EASA and other regulatory bodies.

Captain John Dundon: Head of Flight Operations and Training

John is responsible for the safe operation of all airside activities and all personnel training issues.

Captain Chris Dawes: Co-founder and Senior Pilot

Chris co-founded DEA, is a line training captain and the projects director. He is DEA's project manager for the European Space Agency's SASISA program.

Mo Bondar: Admin

Mo Bondar (Maureen) is responsible for office administration and her favourite occupation - raising customer invoices!

Tracy Home: Head of Ground Operations

Tracy supervises and oversees all DEA's ground based operations related to DEA's aircraft operations, running a 24/7 operations centre at Retford (Gamston) Airport, EGNE. Tracy has 27 years of front line operational experience as a former operations manager in the RAF.

Richard Cucksey: Finance Manager

Richard joins DEA from a career in finance managment together with strong project management and project cost management skills

Nick Cavell: Deputy Head of Ground Operations

Nick joined DEA in June 2014, with a 30 plus year career in the industry including an operations background in the RAF and senior positions for Jeppesen accross many continents.

Recent news

DEA opens its door for Part 145 Maintenance

Six months after DEA was awarded its own Part 145 maintenace capablity, DEA has now opened its doors to other Diamond Aicraft operators as well as Piper/Cessna/Slinsgby operators.

Providing a very high quality service at reasonable prices, DEA welcomes aviators with a full service Part 145 and Part M (CAMO) service

DEA promotes Wout Eggens to Head of Flight Training

March 2015: Wout Eggens has been formally approved by the CAA to be the Head of DEA Flight Training, an EASA AOC Form 4 post holder position, one of the most challenging appointments in the industry.


DEA appoints former Red Arrow leader to augment DEA flight operations

February 2015:  Dicky Patounas joins DEA’s senior management team to help take DEA to the next level as the deputy head of flight operations with special responsibility for overall flight /ground operations co-ordination.

Dicky Patounas joins DEA after a 25 year eclectic and wide ranging flying career in the RAF latterly overseeing the introduction of Typhoon into both UK and Saudi operational service and previously two tours of duty with the Red Arrows, latterly as ‘Red One’ aka the most senior operational manager of the squadron.

DEA appoints Director of Engineering

January 2015: Gerald Cooper is appointed as Director of Engineering for DEA (Diamond-Executive Aviation) responsible for DEA’s Part M, Part 145 and Part 21 activities.

Gerald joins DEA from a multi discipline 25 year career in global aerial survey, freight and passenger operations where he has held almost all EASA/CAA post holder approvals. In addition, in his spare time, Gerald has represented the UK at the World Aerobatic Championships.

DEA and DA42 MPP mentioned in ThinkDefence Article

There is a general and widespread assumption that unmanned ISTAR is cheap ISTAR but I think the best that can be said of this assumption is that the jury is still out. Taking into consideration loss rates, bandwidth costs and other factors there is still a demand for manned ISTAR in high or low threat environments.

An example of this in a UK context is.. the continued use by the British Army of Diamond DA42’s in the fast jet/RPAS surrogate role for training support, contracted to the Army through 3DSL

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