Andrew McKechnie (Director)

Andrew is an expert in flight operations and pilot training. He has an MBA from the University of Sussex and is a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Andrew’s career includes 20 years as a pilot and Training Captain with British Airways and in business aviation, management positions in pilot training and time as a Flight Operations Inspector for the UK CAA and Standardisation Team Leader for EASA.

Since 2015 Andrew has been the Director of McKechnie Aviation Limited.


McKechnie Aviation works with aircraft operators, ATOs and aviation authorities, including EASA, IATA, UK CAA, Qatar CAA, Virgin Atlantic Airlines, BAA Training, L3 Harris, San Marino Aircraft Registry, CAA of the Philippines, Bureau Veritas, Norse Atlantic Airways, Biggin Hill Airport LTD, Comlux, Eastern Airways, Execujet Europe, London Southend Airport and many more.


To deliver our services and meet the needs of our clients, McKechnie Aviation cooperates with selected experts in related fields, such as airworthiness ground operations and transport of dangerous goods.

Latest Articles

What are Operational Credits?

New rules for all-weather operations are being introduced in Europe. These include provisions for approach operations with “operational credits”, but what is an operation...

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Why can’t the EU recognise UK pilots’ licences?

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Who’s going to manage your Business Jet?

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UK ATOs approved by EASA

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Can I buy an Air Operators' Certificate?

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How to start an airline on the cheap

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Regulations for aircraft ferrying

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Can I use MS Flight Simulator to train for my pilot’s licence?

Flight simulators are everywhere. People have them in their garages and bedrooms, excellent software packages such as Microsoft Flight Simulator and X-Plane are available for...

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We have called upon [Andrews] extensive experience in airline training and his encyclopaedic knowledge of the regulations. In addition, he has proven to be a reliable person to speak if we have any esoteric regulatory questions that need clarifying

Guy Adams, Training Manager CTC L3 Harris