Al attended the Army Pilots Course in 1978. He flew Scout, Lynx, Alouette 2, Gazelle and Augusta A109, before transferring to Islander Aircraft. He served in England,N.Ireland, BAOR, Hong Kong and Brunei, where he was awarded a Queens Commendation for rescuing an injured Serviceman from deep Jungle.
After over 20 years he transferred to the RAF and flew C130 Hercules on Worldwide operations including Afghanistan, Bosnia, Sierra Leone and Iraq before been appointed a Sqn Ldr on 32 (The Royal) Sqn flying Hawker Jets.
On retirement Al became a Corporate Jet Pilot and now flies long haul Gulfstream G650/G550 for a UK Company. Al has accumulated over 12,000hrs airborne, 5000 Rotary and over 7000 Fixed Wing. He holds a European ATPL(A) Licence as well as an American FAA ATP Licence.
Al is under training to be a Beaver/Auster Pilot with the HAF.