Display Pilot - Flight Lieutenant Neil Owczarkowski
The 2019 Royal Air Force Display Pilot is Flight Lieutenant Neil “Ski” Owczarkowski. Neil was born in Frimley, Surrey and was a member of 457 (Farnborough) Squadron Air Training Corps where he attained the rank of Air Cadet Warrant Officer and completed both gliding and flying scholarships.
He joined the Royal Air Force as a Direct Entrant in June 1997 and after completing flying training was posted to the Nimrod MR2 Operational Conversion Unit, 42 (R) Squadron, at Royal Air Force Kinloss. On completion, he was posted to 120 Squadron where he operated the Nimrod MR2 over both Iraq and Afghanistan as part of Op TELIC and Op HERRICK. He was also involved in a number of exercises and other operations worldwide.
In 2007 he was posted to Royal Air Force Cranwell where he trained to become a Qualified Flying Instructor on the Tutor. After this, he taught elementary flying skills to students at RAF Wyton. In 2010 he was posted back to Royal Air Force Cranwell to 115 Squadron as a Central Flying School Accredited Instructor, responsible for training qualified military pilots to become instructors and ensuring that all Tutor T1 Qualified Flying Instructors are teaching at the standard expected.
During his career, he has amassed over 4600 flying hours on 7 different types of aircraft. In his spare time, he is a very keen carp angler and enjoys all things outdoors.
Display Manager – Flying Officer Nick Humphreys
The 2019 Royal Air Force Tutor Display Manager is Flying Officer Nick Humphreys. Nick was born in Worcestershire and joined the Royal Air Force as a direct entrant in August 2017. He was a member of 187 (Worcester) Squadron ATC between the ages 13 - 17 years old, where he had the opportunity to experience flying in the Tutor. Nick then went on to study Astrophysics at Cardiff University where he obtained a first-class degree. In his spare time Nick enjoys motorcycling and weightlifting.
Deputy Display Manager – Flying Officer Ryan Shields
The 2019 Royal Air Force Tutor Deputy Display Manager is Flying Officer Ryan Shields. Ryan was born in Somerset and joined the Royal Air Force as a University Bursar in October 2018. He was a member of 967 (BAe Warton) Squadron ATC between the ages 13 - 18, where he had the opportunity to experience flying in the Tutor. Ryan then went on to study Mathematics at Durham University. Whilst at University, Ryan became a member of Northumbrian Universities Air Squadron (NUAS) based at RAF Leeming. During his time on NUAS, Ryan gained over 60 flying hours on the Tutor including Solo Aerobatics, Solo Formation Flying and Solo Low-Level Navigation. In his spare time Ryan enjoys road cycling and motorcycling.