Owen S

Western Air CEO

Owen S is the founder of Western Air Virtual.  He has had a passion for aviation ever since he turned 16 after his first trial lesson at Bournemouth Airport with Solent School of Flying.  Ever since that day he has continued to add hours to his log book.  Owen now flies privately with his own EASA private pilot’s license out of Thruxton Airfield.

Owen works for a big company in the UK as a refrigeration engineer in the supermarket and Industrial sector of refrigeration. He hopes in the future to achieve his goal of flying professionally as an airline pilot or as an instructor.

Outside of work Owen’s other hobbies include:  Fixing and maintaining automotive vehicles, valeting cars, riding off road and on road bicycles to keep fit and, of course, managing a virtual airline!

Derek H


Derek H is the founder of the FSX online server ‘UK317’ hosting simulations since January 2013 and has played FSX since 2008.  Since then he has logged over 2000 hours of virtual flying and over 1400 hours of virtual ATC.  He also occasionally builds airfield sceneries for FSX.  On and off Derek has been playing computer flight and ATC simulations since 1986.

He currently works as an electronics engineer and assembler in the field of communications.  Derek has been interested in aviation from a very young age and worked for 4 years as an apprentice aircraft engineer.  He also holds a City and Guilds Certificate in aeronautics.

Though no longer working in the aviation industry he retains a strong interest in the field and has much experience of light aircraft flight and about 25 hours of control of several types.