Helicopter Services team
In 1999 Steve moved to air ambulance flying with the Scottish Air Ambulance based in Inverness.
In 2000 he became the first pilot for the Wales Air Ambulance, based at Swansea Airport.
In 2005 he became the Chief Pilot for South Wales and Gwent Police, additionally flying various other roles including for air ambulance, underslung missile recovery and mast inspection.
In 2009 he joined Devon Air Ambulance as a line pilot at the Exeter airbase, Middlemoor Police HQ.
Steve has been the Devon Air Ambulance Senior Pilot since 2016. He became Flight Operations Director in October 2021.
My role is to ensure that all aircrew retain currency in all the required aviation-related. There are over 20 checks that need renewing. Some are six-monthly and some are every three years.
I am also an examiner and conduct checks on all our pilots (helped by Steve Day). Between us we ensure that standards are maintained among the aircrew to keep everyone safe.
In April 2000 Richard began his flying career. After finishing the Army Pilots course he was posted to Wattisham (669 Sqn) flying Lynx Mk7/9, mostly in the anti tank roll.
From February 2006 he moved to Odiham (657 Sqn) flying Lynx Mk7. Most of this time was spent in Iraq or Afghanistan supporting UKSF in various rolls.
In October 2008 Richard moved to Hereford (8 Flt) flying the Dauphin N3 helicopter. This time was spent in UK supporting UKSF where he attained significant experience flying solo day/night, solo NVG and a lot of instrument flying.
On leaving the forces in late 2011 Richard joined Devon & Cornwall Police at Exeter. This was the best place to wait for a vacancy with Devon Air Ambulance, which occured in spring 2015.