The pilot’s main responsibilities before a flight include working out fuel requirements and maximum load, checking the helicopter’s equipment and instruments, carrying out safety checks and completing paperwork.
During a flight, the pilot is in constant communication with air traffic control. He or she is also navigating and maintaining a controlled height and speed. Our paramedics double up as navigators.
When returning from a mission, the pilot checks over the aircraft and completes the necessary paperwork before preparing for the next flight.
“I spent 24 years in the British Army, the first 10 of which I served as a vehicle mechanic. One day I went up in a helicopter and I was hooked.”