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Academic Qualifications

 

7 ‘O’ Levels 1981 and 3 ‘A’ Levels 1983. Numerous vocational qualifications in IT

 

Flying Qualifications

 

ATPL Theory, CPL, SEP, MEP, MEIR, MCC/JOC, FI, TR PBY5A (Land & Sea), Professional Seamanship

 

Instructional Hours

 

500 Hrs

 

Why I Instruct

 

It’s good to see a student’s confidence grow with their skills and knowledge as they progress through the course and ultimately go solo to gain their licence.

 

Most Memorable Moments

 

Landing and takeoff in Papua on the steepest runway in the world named Bangor with a 30% slope. My first water takeoff and landing flying the Catalina in France and my first Airshow flying the Catalina at the Royal International Air Tattoo, RAF Fairford in 2013.

 

About Me

 

I first solo’d a Motor Glider at age 16 in 1981. I was awarded a Royal Air Force Flying Scholarship and completed my PPL at age 17 in 1983. I was accepted into the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm in 1985. My military career was terminated by a motorbike accident so I redirected into IT as a programmer in ‘civi street. I changed course back towards aviation in 2007 when I completed my frozen ATPL. Since 2012, I've been flying a1943 WWII classic aircraft, the PBY5A Catalina ‘Miss Pickup' from IWM Duxford to Airshows across the UK, EU and Scandinavia. I’m also having restored another WWII classic, an ex US Navy 1941 Boeing Stearman to be airworthy in June 2018. I’ve only parachuted out of a perfectly serviceable aeroplane twice, both times with a static line. I still occasionally ride a motorbike. It’s a BMW 1200GS which I rode in 2016 on an epic 3,000 mile trip venturing off road across the Atlas Mountains of Morocco with four other riders.

 
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