CEO & Pilot
Runar Vassbotten, CEO and co-founder of the Norwegian Flying Aces. He’s all hands on with overall control of the company.
Runar is born into an aviation family, growing up around aircraft in his father workshop at Notodden Airport. At a young age, he became an aircraft technician rated for a range of business jet aircraft and all single piston aircraft.
He is also the co-founder of Pilot Flight Academy, one of the largest flight schools in Europe, and CEO of Scandinavian Aircraft, the Diamond Aircraft dealer for the Nordic countries.
He is an experienced pilot flying historic aircraft, seaplanes, aircraft on skis, aerobatics and is the holder of display authorization.
Director & Pilot
Mentor & Pilot
Magne Solberg, Chief Pilot of the Norwegian Flying Aces. He’s responsible for the flight operations in
Magne started his career in the Royale Norwegian Airforce, as a 2nd Lieutenant. He worked with Air
Defence for around 4 years at Ørland Main Air Base. As he worked there he took his Privat Pilot
Lisence in Ørland Aeroclub. After the Airforce he moved to FL, USA to attend Flight School for 2
years, before he moved back to Norway with Commercial Pilot Lisence and Flight Instructor Lisences.
He got his first job at Hesnes Air, flying Super King Air B200 and Citation Encore C560. He became
Captain after only a year, and later the companies Manager Crew Training and Line Training Captain.
After 7 years flying Biz Jet he started working in Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) as a First Officer
on the B737 where he works today.
Besides flying in SAS he’s the Head Of Training of Notodden & Kongsberg Aeroclub, the Airshow
Manager of Telemark Airshow and a Part-time Flight Instructor and Flight Examiner at Pilot Flight
Academy. He’s an experienced pilot/flight instructor/flight examiner flying different types of land-
airplanes and seaplanes.
Deputy Chief Pilot
KNUT EINAR NÆSS
World Wide Ferry Pilot
JAN ERIK ARUD
Photo & Video
PER ØYVIND BORGEN
JAN O. GRØTJORDEN