Steve was born in Lancashire and had his first aerobatic ride
aged thirteen in a Chipmunk, G-ARGG, belonging to ANT Flying Club
at Blackpool Airport. Shortly after this he joined his local Air
Training Corps squadron in Wigan, continued with the Chipmunk
flying and went solo at Burtonwood in a T31 glider, a two seater
in tandem with an open cockpit.
Steve left the Air Training Corps in 1980 in order to study for
a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy at the University of Leeds.
"Civvy" gliding proved to be too expensive at this stage
and so building radio controlled slope soarers was the next best
Following graduation and a one year post graduate course, he began
lecturing in pure and applied mathematics, and eventually took
up gliding again with his wife, Elaine, at the Derbyshire and
Lancashire Gliding Club. The long term goal was aerobatic flying
and so in 1988 Steve obtained a PPL at Sherburn via a Silver C
and decided to go commercial shortly afterwards.
Having had several gliding expeditions to Aboyne, Scotland, Steve
applied to be tug pilot there for the 1990 season and by October
had the necessary 700 hours for the issue of a CPL. Following
six years on the Saab 340 turboprop, he is now operating the Embraer
145 jet as a training captain for British Midland Commuter.
G-EWIZ turned up in an advert in Pilot magazine, seen one evening
while on standby at Glasgow Airport. Steve has subsequently restored
the aeroplane with the help of Rob Millinship and it was returned
to the competition and display scene during the 2000 season. Steve
was the British National Intermediate Aerobatic Champion for 2000,
also winning the Newbold and Kernow trophies and, most recently,
the coveted Tiger Trophy sponsored by the petroleum company Esso.
He is the holder of a CAA aerobatic display authorisation.
Steve and his wife Elaine, who is also a pilot, live in Derbyshire
with their two dogs, Jasmine & Dill.