Summary

With more than 50 years of experience in the aviation industry, Alan Herd specializes in the maintenance and restoration of light aircraft from his home country of Kenya. A commercial pilot and longtime flight school trainer, Herd founded a private hangar and maintenance operation after a decades-long career working in Africa with such well-known companies as Piper Aircraft, Inc., Caspair Ltd., and the charter operations Skytrails and Kenya Air Charters. Throughout his career, Herd has provided piloting skills for visitors to Kenya. Before retiring to open his own business, Herd served as Chief Engineer and Commercial Pilot for Skytrails for nearly 20 years, flying charter planes such as de Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otters, Cessna models such as the 310 and 206, and Beechcraft King Airs over locations in Africa. His efforts in ferrying Twin Otter aircraft from Europe proved instrumental in increasing the size of the company’s fleet. Moreover, throughout his tenure with the company, he strove to expand his skills and knowledge as Aircraft Engineer, creating strategies and organizing shipping for equipment needed to repair damaged airplanes.Before becoming Chief Engineer at Skytrails, Herd spent more than a decade managing a new base that oversaw maintenance for Africa’s Kenya Air Charters and Caspair Ltd. Initially brought on board to superintend construction and implementation of processes and procedures, he undertook new responsibilities during his tenure at the facility. He trained Sudanese pilots to fly the Super Cub and played an active role in the establishment of a crop-spraying and aircraft maintenance business in Khartoum. Herd also ferried several new and restored aircraft through Africa for the company, including a journey from Mombasa, Kenya, to Mahé, Seychelles. Beyond having dedicated his life’s work to the airplane industry, Herd supports local children by sponsoring their education.

Work History

Work History
2001 - Present

Managing Director/Chief Engineer/Chief Flying Instructor