David has had a long career in the airline industry as an aircraft
engineer and is licensed on Boeing 737, 757, 767 and Airbus A320
aircraft. He was a British Airways apprentice and served
for twelve years at Heathrow. A further five years were
then spent in Hong Kong working for Cathay Pacific. After
returning to the UK he joined First Choice/Thomson Airways in
his apprenticeship he started to fly light aircraft, gaining his
Private Pilots Licence in 1982 and has been current ever since.
He has flown Piper Tomahawks and Cherokees and has even flown
Cessna’s out of the old KaiTak airport in Hong Kong, putting a
number of exotic locations in his log book! Since then he
has also flown a variety of microlight aircraft including a “breezy”
Quicksilver, which inspired him to leave the airlines and pursue
the idea of operating microlight aircraft on floats. Having now
gained his CAA Flying Instructor Rating, David is the Director
of floatplane operations at the Centre.
is his lovely wife who assists his operation at the Centre.
They met while David was an apprentice - busy apprenticeship,
eh? They have been married ever since and have two grown
up daughters in the UK. The youngest is a hairdresser and
singer/songwriter. The eldest is sort of following in Dad’s footsteps,
as she is a stewardess for British Airways! David
and Karen have been known to tread the boards as an actor and
an actress too!