Andy’s aviation career spans over three decades and 10,000 flying hours, amassed in both the Royal Air Force and with the airlines. His RAF experience was gained on the Tornado GR1, with operational flying over Iraq in support of the UN no-fly zones, with the Central Flying School where he gained an A2 flying instructor qualification instructing future fast-jet pilots, and on the Hawk where he was part of a small unit instructing UK special forces in forward air control techniques.
After his RAF career, Andy joined the airlines, and has spent most of the time since then flying the Boeing 747 worldwide for a major international carrier. He is currently taking a break from jet-lag, and flies the Boeing 737 for a major UK airline.
Andy has had a long involvement with flight safety, and particularly those practical and psychological human elements affecting performance, and the interaction between man and machine. This gives him a strong appreciation of different learning styles, which reads directly into getting the most out of instructional and coaching situations.
Andy is currently completing a masters’ degree in aviation safety, as well as running a consultancy in safety and risk management, adapting and applying the principles of best practice from the aviation world to other safety-critical environments.
Based in central Scotland, Andy is passionate about the outdoors, and when not flying can be found sailing, kayaking, climbing, mountain-biking or ski-touring. He is a sailing instructor, yachtmaster, and has recently completed a crossing of the Atlantic Ocean.