The Team

Carlisle Lake District Airport is conveniently located just six miles east of Carlisle and is the gateway to the Lake District National Park, the Pennines, Scotland and Border regions. We are one hours’ flying time from both Dublin and Belfast.

With three of our AW109’s based here, we are the only operator with VIP aircraft in the North of England and are ideally located to provide a convenient travel experience.

Capt. Steve Graham

Capt. Stephen Graham

Director / Accountable Manager
Chief Pilot / Training Captain

When it comes to safety in aviation, experience is one of the most important factors. With more than 13,000 hours of accident free flight time Steve is one of the UK’s most experienced pilots having operated not only in the VIP environment but also as an air ambulance pilot and in the demanding utility market.

Steve is also a Type-Rating Examiner and has been since 1995. He ensures only the highest standards of training are met by all crew members who fly for Apollo Air Services. Steve has been instrumental in introducing the use of simulators for pilot training within Apollo and he continually strives to improve safety awareness so that it is part of the company ethos.


Capt. Steve Pinchbeck

Capt. Steve Pinchbeck

Operations Manager / SMS Manager
Line Training Captain

With more than 4000 hours of flying time Steve has a vast amount of experience across multiple areas from VIP transport and utility work to aerial filming. Steve has also worked within a variety of roles including operations, flight safety and aircraft management providing an excellent knowledge of all aspects of the business.

Steve is the SMS Manager, who ensures that we have a systematic and proactive approach for managing safety risks. With an effective safety management system woven into the fabric of Apollo, it is part of our culture and the way we operate.

As Line Training Captain, Steve ensures that all our crew members are fully competent operating IFR in unfavourable weather conditions.


Kathleen Fearon

Financial Director

Kathleen has had many years' experience in Financial Management in different sectors and has been involved in the aviation business since 2005. She utilises her skills dealing with all financial aspects of the business.


AJ Brown

Assistant Operations Manager

AJ has been with Apollo Air Services for 14 months and is a key member of the operations department. She is the first point of contact for sales and operational enquiries.

Tel 07584 622 366 | 0800 118 2253 | 01228 573 004

Karen McKnespiey

Accounts Manager

Karen has been with Apollo Air Services since it was formed in 2012 but has been working within the aviation industry for the past eight years she deals with the day to day accounts operation.

Tel 0800 118 2253 or 01228 573 004

Introducing Apollo Air Services

Since its incorporation in 2014, Apollo Air Services has rapidly grown in size and capability. We currently manage and operate the largest and youngest fleet of AgustaWestland 109 GrandNew helicopters in the UK. We hold a single pilot IFR EASA AOC (GB 2420) to operate the AW 109 and the AS 350 throughout the UK, Ireland and Europe.

Presently we have three main operating bases in the UK. Carlisle Lake District Airport, in the North West which is where our head office is located, London Southend Airport in the South East where we operate in partnership with Stobart Exec Jet Centre to provide transfers for business and private passengers into and out of London, and Cardiff City Heliport in the South West where we are the only operator of V V I P helicopters in Wales.

We are a dedicated team who work together to provide a first-class service by offering seamless door to door executive travel solutions for the discerning family, celebrity, business person or royalty. It goes without saying, that this exceptional service comes with complete anonymity and discretion for all our clients.

Safety is our priority and we enhance this by operating the most modern helicopters in the market and ensuring that all our crews adhere to a comprehensive training programme that includes annual visits to a full motion AW 109SP simulator.

Apollo Air Services safety standards meet, and in most cases, exceed EASA regulatory requirements. From the aircraft we fly, to the pilots we employ, Apollo Air Services is simply the best.