Ian recently joined our Unmanned & ISTAR Experts Division as a senior RPAS expert.
Bungy joined the Royal Navy in 1996 as a Naval Airman (Meteorologist and Oceanographer) and completed many varied posts from air stations to aircraft carriers. It was during his time on HMS INVINCIBLE that he decided to transfer branches to aircrewman (ASW). He went on to qualify as a Merlin Mk1 operator in Dec 2006, where he served for just over two years on 814 and 820 Naval Air Squadrons (NAS) deploying to the Gulf of Oman conducting coalition maritime ISR operations utilising the platform’s multiple sensors including the MX-15 WESCAM.
Selected for an instructional role, Bungy became a qualified aircrewman instructor in 2009 and went on to deliver training on 824 NAS. During this time, he also qualified as a helicopter fast roping instructor (HFRI) providing the capability to frontline units. A personal highlight of his time on 824 NAS was fulfilling the role of course manager and sea flight SNCO, planning the final phases of the syllabus operational conversion phase. He was later posted to the position of aircrewman training officer on 814 NAS where he played a key role in the bespoke training and planning required to provide security to the 2012 Olympics.
In 2014, Bungy was selected for an exchange with the RAF to operate the MQ-9 Reaper in support of Operations HERRICK and SHADER on 13 Squadron. Awarded an AOC Commendation for his conduct during a particularly busy period, he was once again selected for an instructional role and qualified as a weapons debrief officer.
Bungy left the service having completed just over 22 years and 3,000 flying hours from rotary and unmanned platforms.
Outside of work, Bungy enjoys trail running, circuit training and hill walking.
Welcome to the team – we’re delighted to have you on board with us!