Alec was born in Wiltshire and started gliding as a 'mere lad' with the Air Training Corps at South Cerney. Commissioned into the Royal Air Force in 1973 as a fighter controller and over a 30-year career served in a wide range of operational, training, examining, command and staff appointments in the UK and overseas. He took up recreational powered flying in 1985 and completed his PPL at RAF Halton where subsequently he became a part-time FI teaching PPL student and conducting both tail wheel and AOPA Aerobatic Certificate training on the Chipmunk. Subsequently Alec has been an active FI Course, CPL, and IR(R) instructor and PPL Examiner. He served as the Aviation Safety Member for the RAF Flying Clubs Association (RAFFCA) from 2003 to 2005 and represented the Association at GASCo Council Meetings. After leaving the RAF in early 2003, Alec worked for Lockheed Martin STASYS, CAA, and CAAi where he delivered training on Safety Management and Just Culture. From 2016 to early 2020 Alec was the Safety Manager for the global CAE network of flight training centres in the US, Australia, India and Europe, including CAE Oxford Aviation Academy.
Regional Safety Officer South Midlands
Alec flies from Wellesbourne Mountford, RAF Halton and a small private strip in Oxfordshire where he shares use of a beautiful Chipmunk.