Chris spent almost 23 years in the Army Air Corps, working his way up from groundcrew to Qualified Helicopter Instructor (QHI). Operational tours included Northern Ireland and the first Gulf War. He flew Gazelle reconnaissance, Lynx anti-tank and Squirrel training helicopters. Retiring from the army in 2003 he instructed on the Apache simulator, and then trained military students on the Squirrel as a civilian instructor. Health forced retirement from flying in 2011, by which time he had amassed almost 8000 flying hours. Chris designed the pilot type rating ground course for the AW169 for AgustaWestland, and now works for Bristol Groundschool, where he is the Deputy Chief Theoretical Knowledge Instructor.