After 18yrs service with the RAF in the role of Air to Air Refuelling, including a tour with the USAF as instructor Dave joined Virgin Atlantic in 2004 on the 747-400 and remains on the aircraft as a Captain. Dave joined the PPU in its early days and became a Board member a year ago.
After 12 years of training as a doctor then working as a trainee surgeon in the NHS, Helen changed course to become a commercial pilot. She worked for Aer Lingus, Go Fly then easyJet prior to joining Virgin Atlantic in 2004 on the B747-400, where she is now a Captain. Alongside her flying role, Helen has accumulated a wealth of experience as an AME for the CAA and FAA, including work in Dublin, at NATS and in a local GP practice. She is currently Chairman of the UK Association of Aviation Medical Examiners (AAME).
Derek has a long flying career. In 1985 as a Lieutenant in the Barbados Defence Force, he trained at Canadian Forces Flying School in Portage La Prairie. From 1990 he has flown commercially with LIAT (1974) Ltd, Airtours International, DHL Air UK, and with Virgin Atlantic from 1999 and most recently from 2004 He is currently a Captain on the B787, has an MSc in Air Transport Management and is married with three sons.
Nigel is a Captain on 787-9. He joined VA in 2001, prior to which he spent 17 years piloting Jumbos and seven years as HF instructor. He has a BSc in Aeronautical Engineering and worked for four years at British Aerospace on Airbus wing design, before commencing his flying career. Started at British Regional on Jetstreams, then four years on B757/767 at Britannia before moving to Virgin.
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