From a young age I was interested in anything with an engine, and I was taken to the annual RAF Finningley (now Robin Hood Airport) Air Shows whilst growing up. That interest in aviation developed through my late teens, and I became an instructor at the age of 23. My love of teaching has developed just as much as my love of flying, and I get a real buzz out of helping students progress with their flying. Nearly 10 years later I have returned to the former RAF base I visited as a child and I’m proud to be running a team of Flight Instructors at Doncaster Sheffield Flight Training who are all dedicated to helping others with their learning.
I have always had a keen interest in flying, but unfortunately I never had the opportunity to learn until my adult life. After saving for flying lessons, I completed my PPL in 2012 – in fact I was sent on my very first solo flight by Christian who is now the Head of Training at the very school I instruct at. After gaining my PPL and flying with family and friends I decided to complete the Flight Instructor Rating so that I can now pass on my knowledge and enthusiasm for aviation to others.
I have been a full-time flight instructor for over three years now, and it’s a job I could never got bored of. Like many, I started my flying career later on than I would have wished, but that has allowed me to gain a wealth of knowledge and experience of several fields of work. I have flown both in Europe and the United States and have flown many different types of aircraft throughout my private flying and my professional career. Being an instructor is about more than just the flying, and I really enjoy taking a new student who has very little prior knowledge and watching them develop into a proficient, competent pilot.
My interest in aviation began as a young boy, and it is something that has never gone away. I was accepted into the Royal Air Force as a pilot ad completed most of my flight training there on the Grob Tutor, Slingsby Firefly and King Air. Unfortunately, I, like many others, was made redundant from the RAF as part of the defence cuts before I could finish my training, so I pursued a career out of aviation for a while. The lure of flying was too much to resist so I finished my civilian training and became a flight instructor, working for an EASA school in America for a year. After getting sick of all the good weather, I decided to come home! Flying is more than a job to me – it’s my life.