Dave Leonard



Dave started his 27-year Aviation Engineering career when he joined the RAF in 1995 as an Aircraft Avionics Technician. After initial trade training Dave joined the Avionics Bay at RAF Odiham repairing helicopter computers to component level, where shortly after was posted to RAF Cranwell to work on the Hawk Aircraft used by the Red Arrows.

Dave then went back to RAF Cosford for Further Training, and after graduating in January 2000, spent the next two years working with the Harrier Aircraft and then went on to join the Typhoon Inservice Team at BAE Warton, returning to RAF Coningsby in 2005 with the latest fighter aircraft.

With Typhoon, Dave supported Overseas Operations in Italy and the Falkland Islands. With 10 years of type experience, Dave became an Instructor in the Typhoon Training Facility, teaching core aspects of the Avionics Systems employed on the aircraft. 

Reaching the rank of Sergeant, Dave retrained as an Airborne Systems Engineer (ASE) on the Rivet Joint supporting many Operations at home and overseas. With teaching experience gained earlier on with Typhoon, Dave was quickly selected to the Rivet Joint OCU to train the next generation of ASE’s.  

Dave joined the ASI teaching staff as one of the Pilot Operations Lecturer’s and supporting the Engineering courses with a wealth of teaching experience from different environments, on the ground and in air, and from a wide range applications from System Engineering to PCB component repair and a multitude of aircraft types.

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