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Capt. Armin Kniele

Director of Flight Operations

Armin has worked as an Airbus A320 family/A330/A340/A380 instructor pilot focused on airline start-ups and airline operational reconstruction, with over 20 years airline and over 10 years airline training/management experience.


Armin Kniele

He was GM of the Kingfisher wide body fleet, where he achieved approvals from the Indian DGCA as well as the UK CAA.    

Armin created the new Operation Manual for Etihad, and has trained and certified crews from different cultural & ethnic backgrounds according to international industry standards for Philippine Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Yes Airways, Air China & currently with Saudi Arabian Airlines. He currently resides with his family in India.

Armin has worked as an Airbus A320 family/A330/A340/A380 examiner/instructor pilot focused on airline start-ups or airline reconstruction of operations departments, with over 20 years airline and over 10 years airline training/management experience. He has also accumulated 5 years in the same capacity on the Boeing 777/787 family

He was Deputy Chief Pilot of Afriqiyah Airways, and General Manager of the Kingfisher wide body fleet, where he achieved the approval of low visibility CAT II/III  B  (NO) D/H 75 Meters RVR procedures from the Indian DGCA as well as the CAA authorities in UK.     

Armin created the new Operation Manual from CARS rules to JAR-OPS as well as the new Safety and Emergency Procedures Manual for ETIHAD AIRWAYS, and has has trained and certified crews from many different cultural and ethnic backgrounds according to international safety and industry standards for Kingfisher Airlines, Philippine Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Yes Airways, Afriqiyah Airways, Etihad Airways, Air China, Saudi Arabian Airlines.

He currently resides with his family in India.

Other members of the team:
Charlie Clifton
Charlie Clifton

Senior Adviser (Consultant)

Charlie started at Ryanair in 1986 when it was just a start-up operation. In fact, he sold the airline's very first ticket! As Director of Ground Operations, he left in 2002. He then ran the Tiger Airways joint venture in South East Asia with SIA. He was invited to join Webjet, a struggling Brazilian airline at the start of 2010 before an Industry Sale to Gol in 2011.



Nino Judge
(Nino) Navdip Singh Judge

Chief Executive and Founder

An Aeronautical Engineer with a diverse career path as British Army Officer, Bond trader/broker and Formula 1 Team Owner, Nino brings the vision, passion, leadership and management experience to the flypop team





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