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The London Helilanes

The London Helilanes

Ever since I began my flight-training course on the helicopter I’d hoped I would get the chance to fly the London helilanes. I knew the views of the capital from their air would be something special and having ticked this particular item off my aviation bucket list...

Why radio and flying?

Why radio and flying?

Reviewing my freshly updated website, an old pal of mine commented; “It’s great – albeit a rather random mix of skills!” Thinking about it, I had to admit she was right. Helicopter pilot, audio producer and YouTuber – it’s certainly eclectic. Let me explain…I grew up...

Growing up on an island

Growing up on an island

My childhood was a bit different to most people's. My parents brought me and my two younger brothers up on a small remote island in Orkney, Scotland. The island is called Auskerry and I'm proud to be named after it. I now live in England with my wife Lizi and we don't...

Flying Eyes sunglasses

Flying Eyes sunglasses

If you wear sunglasses and a headset for flying, biking or any other similar pursuit you've probably experienced the same problems I have. Most regular sunglasses cause pain and discomfort when the headset ear cups push the temples of the glasses against your head. It...

Flying in South Africa

Flying in South Africa

One of the most memorable jobs I was sent on during my time working for BBC Radio 5 live involved a helicopter flight through the Kruger National Park in South Africa. I was there with a producer and presenter making a podcast with the former England cricketer, Kevin...

My helicopter obsession

My helicopter obsession

I was around six years old when the aviation bug bit me. You'd hear it first. The unmistakable sound of slapping rotor blades and twin turbine whistle. Then you'd catch a flash of red - it's no coincidence that red is my favourite colour. When it arrived overhead the...

A royal visitor

A royal visitor

On the 6th of June 2012, Auskerry welcomed her first Royal visitor when Her Royal Highness, the Princess Royal came to inspect the lighthouse.Arriving aboard the Northern Lighthouse Board's ship MV Pharos by helicopter, Princess Anne was then brought ashore to...

Auskerry Airlines

Auskerry Airlines

While I was growing up on Auskerry I often wished I had a plane or helicopter to make it easier to get to the mainland. A few years ago a friend of mine who is a qualified pilot managed to land and more importantly take off again in his two seat Zenair 710 aircraft....