Alistair’s interest in aviation was sparked as a Cadet in the Air Training Corp, where he had the opportunity to do an air experience flight in an RAF DH Chipmunk and obtain his A&B Certificates in Gliding after soloing a Kirby Cadet Mk3 in 1964.
During a work assignment in the Bahamas, Alistair completed his FAA Private Certificate in 1971 and accumulated approximately 1200 hours flying around the Islands and southeast Florida.
In 1972 Alistair was transferred to Jamaica where he gained experience in flying into the many challenging bush airstrips that existed in Jamaica at that time. During an extended vacation to the USA, Alistair completed his Commercial Pilot training at Fort Worth, Texas, in 1973.
While working for the oil industry in the Middle East that allowed generous amounts of time off for rest and relaxation, Alistair completed Flying Instructor Courses with both Rogers Aviation and CSE Oxford Air Training in the UK. His first junior flying instructor job was in 1977 in Dubai, UAE. Alistair progressed through the Company to become a line pilot in the Company’s commercial aviation division and was seconded to Gulf Air in Oman and for about one year, to Bandar Abbas in Iran, to fly for the Imperial Iranian Navy.
Returning to the UK in 1980, Alistair started a flying school for a local aviation company in Glasgow. At that time he was also appointed as a CAA / AOPA Flight Examiner.
Alistair arrived with his wife Diane in British Columbia, Canada, in 1982 and has since worked as a Chief Flight Instructor and Chief Pilot for Canadian Aviation College. Alistair is also director of College of Professional Pilots of Canada.