Dave Smith

Dave started his working life as an apprentice aircraft technician at the Army Apprentice College, Arborfield in January 1972. His first posting was to Netheravon where he initially maintained Alouette, Sioux and Beaver aircraft until the Alouettes and Sioux were replaced by Scout and Gazelle helicopters.

Further down the line the Lynx was introduced into service and Dave worked both first and second line maintenance on these aircraft.

After leaving the Army, Dave became Chief Engineer at ATIL where for 17 years until the closure of Arborfield he led a team involved with servicing and upgrading the Apache training equipment and the associated services required to teach young aircraft technicians how to maintain the Apache helicopter.