15 Nov Chris Milnes Steps Up As New Jump Pilot
Earlier this month we said goodbye to our pilot and DZ comedian, James Cook, or Captain Cook as we called him for obvious reasons!
James had been climbing us high up above the Yorkshire Coast for a good few years, but the time had come for him to move on to bigger and faster planes. We wish him all the best on his new adventure, and just hope he doesn’t get grounded for shouting EXIT at cruising altitude.
We now have a new pilot on the scene, but the truth is he’s been around for years, waiting for his turn in the almighty GippsAero GA8 Airvan. Everybody, please join us in welcoming Chris Milnes to the team.
Chris has been a regular skydiver with us for a number of years, but his ability to fly goes way back.
He started gliding at the age of 14 after a joyride in an ancient ‘Rollason Condor’ taildragger with a former Polish Free Air Force Wellington Bomber Pilot. It was safe to say, he was hooked!
Using his paper round money, he funded the 3 hour each way bus journey from his home in Leeds to the Wolds Gliding Club at Pocklington near York, just to get his aviation fix.
Over the next few years he amassed over 400 soaring flights and by his mid 20s he gained his Private Pilots Licence, flying light aircraft ever since.
In 2007 he joined 642 VGS Squadron at RAF Linton On Ouse where he spent 6 years as an Instructor on the Vigilant T Mk1 Motor Glider teaching Air Cadets how to fly and gaining a commendable B1 Category qualification.
Chris now has around 900 powered flying hours, has flown over 25 different types including multi-engine and many ‘taildraggers’.
Chris is also a Volunteer pilot with a Charity called ‘The Spirit of Goole‘ where he flies a Sherwood Ranger open cockpit biplane built entirely from scratch by Pupils of Goole High School. The project is aimed at giving kids practical and vocational skills in STEM.