Paul joined the Army Air Corps (AAC) in 1974 as an Air Trooper, and started his flying career as an Aircrewman/Observer in 1976. He gained his pilots wings in 1979, and went on to become a Qualified Helicopter Instructor (QHI) in 1985. He was also the AAC Display Team lead in 1987 flying the Lynx Helicopter.
Paul served mainly in Germany and Northern Ireland, and following a 2 year tour with the United Nations in Cyprus was commissioned. He then took up Squadron and Regimental Instructor posts in various AAC units in Germany. Paul’s final posting with the military was as the AAC exchange officer at the Central Flying School (Helicopters) at RAF Shawbury, after which he retired from the Army as a Captain in 1996.
Following a short period teaching basic helicopter flying at the AAC Centre, Middle Wallop, Paul moved to fly with the South East Region Police Air Support Unit (SERPASU) where he spent 2 ½ years flying for the London and Surrey Police forces out of Fairoaks airfield.
In 2000, Paul joined the British Army Apache Helicopter Training Service working for Aviation Training International Ltd (ATIL) providing simulator training to pilots converting onto the Apache, and he is currently employed with ATIL as Training Manager. Joining the Historic Aircraft Flight in 2017, Paul has renewed his relationship with the Westland Scout which he last flew in 1981.