The UK North East's largest flight training school, Durham Tees Flight Training (DTFT), has announced expansion to its current operation through the acquisition of St George Flight Training based at Durham Tees Valley and Newcastle Airports. Following the retirement of St George Flight Training's owner, Captain Eric Reed, the operations of both businesses will merge, with the Teesside operation merging with Durham Tees Flight Training and the Newcastle operation merging with Northumbria Flying School (also majority-owned by DTFT). Following the merger, all staff, instructors and aircraft at St George Flight Training will remain within the business, meaning very little change and disruption to customer training schedules, or aircraft hire. The expanded Durham Tees Flight Training operation will consist of 15 aircraft and 13 instructors across two sites.