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David Davies Airline Transport Pilot

Curriculum Vitae:
David Davies

Fixed Wing Pilot & Expert Witness


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David Davies
Aviation Consultant & Expert Witness



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BEng in Mechanical Engineering, University of Manchester Institute for Science and Technology (UMIST)

Currently studying a MSc in Air Transport Management, City University London

Advanced Management Achievement Course, Manchester Business School


Flying Qualifications:

EASA Airline Transport Pilot (ATPL) - Single and Multi Engine
EASA Commercial Pilot’s Licence (CPL) IR

EASA Single Engine (SEP) Flight Instructor

EASA Single Engine (SEP) Land & Water

FAA Single Engine (SEP) Land & Water

Glider Licence


Flying Hours:

Total Time, 4000+ Hours
QFI, 1100+ Hours


Flying Ratings:

Airline Transport Pilot - Airbus A319, A320 & A321

Military – Typhoon, Tornado F3, Hawk T1 & 115, Tucano

SEP rating rating with experience on numerous types including Cessna 150, 172, Piper PA28 & 38, Extra 300, Vans RV8, Firefly, Piper J3 Cub

Career History:



2016 - date

GMR Consulting, UK and USA
Aviation Consultant and Expert Witness

Providing Expert Witness services to lawyers in connection with aviation accidents, including research and analysis in accident reconstruction.


2014 - date

British Airways, UK

First Officer

Flying Airbus A320 on short and medium haul routes extensively throughout Europe.


1998- 2014
     (2012 - 2014)

Royal Airforce, UK and worldwide
Defence, Science & Technology Laboratory, Portdown West

Squadron Leader

Military Advisor responsible for overseeing and reviewing numerous Air Defence related projects for a team of over 50 scientists and analysts.


Board of Enquiry

Experience with BoE and Coroner’s Inquests involving military accidents. Conversant with the military Court Martial process. 

     (2008- 2012)

Red Arrows Display Pilot and Executive Officer

Selected to join the RAF Aerobatic Team (RAFAT). As Second in Command was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the squadron, pilot welfare, pilot training, flying programme as well as communicating and coordinating with various Air Traffic Controls, event organisers, engineers etc around the world.

Additional to primary flying duties, was responsible for coaching other team pilots on safety and performance errors and acted as the RAFAT Qualified Flying Instructor (QFI), Instrument Rating Examiner (IRE) and Post Maintenance Test Pilot (PMTP).

Remained on the team for an additional year, where as well as continuing to display was tasked with the planning, coordinating and navigating of the 2012 Queen’s Birthday, Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics Opening and Medal flypasts over London.

In total, amassed approximately 1200 display hours over a 5 year period all over the world, having flown with 3 different National Display Teams and experienced the different views and methods employed to conduct safe and professional displays.


Hawk Solo Display Pilot

Selected to be the RAF Hawk Solo Display Pilot (100 displays). Involved the responsibility of self supervising and managing a team of support pilots and engineers in the UK and mainland Europe. Required being conversant with all display regulations in order to complete safe and successful displays.

Also completed the MoD Corporate Communications Course in order to competently represent the RAF in front of the media.

     (2005 - 2008)

Hawk Flying Instructor and Examiner, Post Maintenance Test Pilot

Completed the Defence ‘Train The Trainer’ (DTTT) course and the Coaching Performance Course and following intense testing by the Central Flying School (CFS), qualified as an ‘A’ category Qualified Flying Instructor. Duties involved the instruction of student and staff pilots in ground school related subjects and airborne instruction in general handling, instrument flying, aerobatics, formation flying and low level navigation.

Also given the extra responsibilities of Deputy Flight Commander, Duty Authorizing Officer, Post Maintenance Test Pilot (PMTP) and Instrument Rating Examiner (IRE).

In 2007 was selected to work with the Air Attaché in Buenos Aires and report on the current state of the Argentine flying training system as part of an Argentine Air Force exchange programme.

     (2002 - 2005)

Tornado F3 Air Defence Pilot

As a front line pilot, was a 4-ship lead, an Air Combat Instructor and a Duty Authorizer. Frequently operated on Quick Reaction Alert in both the UK and the Falkland Islands and took part in many multinational exercises.

     (1999 - 2002)

Flying training, RAF Linton On Ouse and RAF Valley

Began Elementary Flying Training on the Slingsby Firefly and on completion was selected for Fast Jet (FJ) training on the Hawk T1. In 2001 was posted to the 56(R) Sqn Occupational Conversion Unit (OCU) to convert on to the Tornado F3. During training attended regular decompression, hypoxia, aviation medicine, disorientation, G awareness and pressure breathing courses. Also subject to annual survival, parachute and dinghy drill (dry & wet) courses in case of aircraft ejection.


Officer training, RAF Cranwell