Martin BirdQuality Manager
Martin Bird is Quality Manager, responsible for managing a wide-ranging portfolio including: Regulatory compliance areas, Safety and Quality programmes and risk and performance management.
His love of “all things air” began in the Military where, as part of the Army’s Red Devils freefall parachute team, he became Army Parachute Champion at the age of 23 and also represented Great Britain. Having subsequently qualified as a Helicopter Pilot, he then gained a commission and attained the rank of Captain with the Army Air Corps. He flew operationally in diverse areas which included Belize, Norway, Germany, Iraq during the first Gulf War, Bosnia and Northern Ireland. He also served with The Parachute Regiment in the Falklands conflict.
His Military Management has been complemented by extensive experience in the commercial Business Jet world. From managing a busy ground operations department to managing quality oversight in both operations and maintenance, finally becoming the Accountable Manager.
His qualifications include BSI Dip Quality Management to ISO 9001/2008; BSI Auditing to ISO 9001/2008; EASA Part M Quality Management, He is also a DfT qualified Aviation Security Manager/Instructor; Survival Instructor (Aviation) and JAA Flight and ground operations auditor. Outside of his Blink activities he still flies fixed wing for pleasure.
Martin is married to Jane and they have four daughters.