Oriens Aviation

Pilatus and Tecnam authorised centre

Our Story

Oriens Aviation, the exclusive Pilatus and Tecnam aircraft distributor for the British Isles, was founded by Edwin Brenninkmeyer, an experienced aircraft owner and pilot, with a passion for flying, quality, value and exceptional customer service.

Edwin’s deep, personal understanding of the aircraft owners’ needs and expectations has driven him to build a dedicated team at Oriens Aviation, who share his passion for excellence and endeavour to exceed customer expectations. A personalised service with reliability, professionalism and earning trust through the highest standards of integrity are the core values at Oriens Aviation.

As the Authorised Centre for Pilatus and Tecnam aircraft, we offer a full range of services to private aircraft owners and operators, including aircraft sales, scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, warranty work, aircraft management, AOC advisory, pilot training, operations and handling.

We understand the highs, the complexities and the challenges of business aircraft ownership and operation. Our mission is to make your aircraft ownership easy, so that you can enjoy your aircraft hassle-free.

Edwin Brenninkmeyer, CEO

Reliability
Professionalism
Trust
Integrity

Why Oriens Aviation?

Owner / Pilot Operated

One of the many things that matters to our customers and pilots, is that we ourselves are immersed in the world of aircraft ownership, and indeed our founder and CEO is a pilot himself.

At Oriens, we have first-hand knowledge about the aircraft that we sell or maintain.

Why Pilatus?

Swiss engineering

A household name to the average Swiss citizen, the Pilatus brand is revered in the Global Aviation industry for representing the very pinnacle of Swiss craftsmanship, service, quality and exceptional value. Over-engineered and proud of it!

Why Tecnam?

Italian design

Enter the skies the Italian way - where style and performance go hand in hand. With Tecnam, you can be sure that your aircraft will be your ultimate 'business card'. You will also enjoy the superb customer service and low maintenance costs of Tecnam aircraft!

Executive Team

EDWIN BRENNINKMEYER

CEO

Edwin is both a private and commercial pilot who has learned from the discipline, rigour and safety of professional and corporate jet flying, to fly his family and business colleagues privately around Europe.

He has owned aircraft for over fourteen years, which have proven invaluable business tools, for missions otherwise impossible by airline. He now enjoys the pressurised comfort and enhanced safety of the Pilatus PC-12 NG. With his family business background, Edwin thinks long-term and he has a real passion for doing business ethically and with the highest levels of integrity.

Edwin holds an MBA from Oxford University in which he focused on business aviation and airport operating models and he used this, coupled with an aviation venture capital background to form a consultancy to advise on the commercial aspects of aviation in Europe. Edwin still holds investments in both aviation and non-aviation businesses.

STUART LOCKE

GENERAL MANAGER, AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE

Stuart is a seasoned aircraft maintenance manager with over 25 years’ experience in both business and commercial aviation fields. His expertise extends to all areas of aircraft maintenance, including Base & Line maintenance, Defect Rectification, AOG recovery, cabin and CES modification & upgrade and NDT.

Prior to joining Oriens, Stuart was Director of Maintenance at TAG Aviation, where he was instrumental in doubling its business – from 50,000 to 100,000 manhours today with an 80-strong workforce.

Stuart also had a 19-year career with a leading regional airline. During that time, Stuart gained engineering experience on aircraft such as Bombardier Dash 8 Q400; Challenger 850; Embraer 145; BAE 146 and Embraer 190, working around the UK regions and establishing maintenance stations in the UK and Europe.

Stuart is passionate about providing Oriens’ clients with a single point of contact for all maintenance solutions in the UK. His experience of supporting a busy regional airline and the need for high despatch reliability and quick turnarounds, coupled with the high customer service demands of corporate flight departments and UHNW owners of widebody business jets, ensures that Oriens’ clients receive all rounded personalised 24/7 care of the highest standard.

SACHA DEMELO

Sales Director

Sacha brings first-hand knowledge and proven experience in aviation having spent over a decade at Bombardier in various sales roles within their Business & Commercial Aircraft divisions.

During his time in Business Aircraft, Sacha spent time within a sales team focused on increasing Bombardier’s market share within the Fractional & Charter segment and was involved in the sale of over 500 Business Aircraft to the two largest Fractional operators based in the US.
His most recent position at Bombardier, was Sales Director, with overall responsibility for all activities relating to the sales and leasing of pre-owned Bombardier Commercial Aircraft in Europe, Middle East, Africa & Asia.
Sacha’s varied aviation background has allowed him to deal with customers worldwide and provided him with a well-rounded experience. He brings to Oriens a highly developed understanding of customer’s unique requirements and an ability to develop solutions tailored to their needs.

JURGITA BRENNINKMEYER

MARKETING DIRECTOR

Jurgita brings a wealth of marketing and management expertise from her uniquely diverse experience in the creative and business fields.

Prior to joining Oriens Aviation, Jurgita was a Management Consultant at Capgemini Consulting: Digital Marketing, Sales and Services division. As a Consultant, Jurgita advised FTSE 100 corporate clients on customer experience design and digital transformation, digital marketing and new business development.

She worked across a wide range of industries including civil aviation, aerospace and defence, retail and private banking. Trained as a professional pianist in her youth, Jurgita also has over 10 years’ experience in the cultural field, where she held senior roles in Marketing and Orchestra Management. Jurgita’ s qualifications include an MBA from the University of Oxford, an MA in Arts Administration from the University of New Orleans and she was most recently awarded a Professional Diploma in Digital Marketing with the Institute of Digital Marketing in London. Jurgita is a recipient of a prestigious Fulbright grant from the U.S. Department of State.

Glen Smith

Flight Operations Manager

Glen's 25 years experience in business aviation has included six Form 4 Postholder positions within AOC operations including Accountable Manager, Ground Operations Manager and Continuing Airworthiness Manager posts.

During this period he have managed and operated a wide variety of executive aircraft including Phenom 100 and 300, Citation M2, 550, CJ2 and XLS, Learjet 40 and 45, Hawker 700, 750, 800B and 800XP, Challenger 300 and 350 and Global 6000 on a worldwide basis, as well as AS355, Agusta 109 and Sikorsky 75 helicopters. Additional experience involves FBO’s and handling, charter sales, charter brokerage and sales and acquisition consultancy.

SUSAN DUKE

BUSINESS SUPPORT MANAGER

JAMES BANHAM

SALES ASSOCIATE

MATT GILLIES

MAINTENANCE MANAGER

OUR CUSTOMERS

GET MORE OUT OF LIFE

Flying is much more than a means of getting from A to B. It is a passion and a way to experience the world to the fullest. Whether is is taking controls in the cockpit of an aircraft, enjoying quality time with friends and family or pursuing a variety of hobbies, it is always an individual and enriching experience.

"For me, my decision to buy a PC-12 NG was about recovering precious time"