Experimental test pilot, Matt Ward, shown assessing the Apache helicopter's IHADSS


Well, they were blades. And it was a helicopter, but you get the idea.

Airial Limited provides professional testing and product assurance for the safe, effective & efficient delivery of projects, with test pilot Matt Ward providing experimental, risk and safety assurance advice.

I am an independent consultant able to provide a broad range of SME input into R&D, T&E and bid phases of aerospace and defence projects. Able to conduct all categories of helicopter flight test and simulator test flight activities, I offer expert practical and theoretical advice on the Risk Management process for the planning and conduct of safe flight trials. 

From making strategic experimental decisions to developing your capabilities, I’m here to help. Using my expertise and deep understanding of the T&E domain, you’ll receive real solutions and experience true results.

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Military helicopter pilot sitting inside a Lynx Mk7


Independent aerospace and defence consultant, with deep domain knowledge of Test & Evaluation, flight test instruction, hazard analysis and risk management.

I am an experimental test pilot with over 20 years' experience in aviation, having flown over 50 types and 3,500 hrs including aeroplanes, helicopters and gliders. I served as a helicopter pilot and instructor in the Royal Navy for 16 years, before training as a test pilot at the UK's Empire Test Pilot's School in Salisbury, gaining a Bachelors' degree in Flight Dynamics and Evaluation. Once qualified, I was the lead Royal Navy test pilot on all marks of the Sea King helicopter (Queen of the skies!). 

Since leaving the Royal Navy, I have worked for QinetiQ - a global defence contractor at their Flight Test Organisation based at Boscombe Down, Wiltshire as an EASA-certified Flight Test Instructor for 5 years. I hold an EASA Category 1 Flight Test Rating (helicopters), and an unrestricted Flight Test Instructor Rating.



My goal is to provide affordable and pragmatic solutions to enhance your business potential.
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I have the specialist skills to support development and flight test activities at any level from detailed design to overall programme management including the provision of high-quality planning, flight testing and reporting.

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Helicopter test pilot Matt Ward explaining the functions of a Flight Test Air data boom
Matt Ward | Helicopter flight test instructor providing airborne flight test technique training


As a suitably qualified and experienced military and civilian flying instructor, my students are my number one priority and my results prove just how committed I am to their success.  ​​

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I help with developing your product not only guaranteeing that it is safe to use, but importantly that it can be operated safely.

I work collaboratively throughout the entire process, utilising my domain knowledge of aviation risk management techniques including safety case design and implementation, fault tree analysis and Bowtie theory to mitigate and manage hazards.  

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Thanks to my extensive networks and broad experience acquired through over two decades of work in the Aerospace, Defence and flying training sectors, I can grow your ideas by contributing SME advice and thought leadership across defence projects. 

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Interested in getting advice from an experienced and professional Aviation Consultant? Call me today and see what I can do for you.


Matt is tireless in his commitment to any task he is given. He is always well-researched and well prepared, pro-actively tackling every challenge in accordance with the specified scope. But refreshingly, he also brings innovative suggestions for improvements to process, task design and analysis. I always had full confidence that whatever task we were working on, he would execute his elements with precision and pace, whilst keeping all other stakeholders informed of his progress. If you want to work with someone who will bring enormous energy and a “can-do” attitude to your project, then he’s your guy! I’m always very glad to have him in my corner.

Throughout this mission, Ward exhibited the highest standards of leadership and moral courage, providing the ground commander with clear and detailed information about a significant threat to Multi-national Forces. His composure and professionalism, coupled with his highly effective use of the assets and resources available to him, ensured that his performance was in keeping with the finest traditions of Commando Aviation within the Fleet Air Arm and his award of the GOC’s Commendation is thoroughly deserved.

QinetiQ Flight Test Engineer

Commander Joint Helicopter Force (Iraq)

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