Watch in the Museum or Online

Test Pilot

Monday 10th October 7pm

Having wanted to be a pilot for as long as he can remember, Chris Taylor gained his private pilot’s licence at the age of seventeen.  He joined the Royal Navy whilst studying for a degree in Electrical Engineering and, after serving as a Navigation Officer on numerous ships, went onto to operate Wasp and Lynx helicopters, flying in all weathers from frigates deployed worldwide. After five years instructing he became a Test Pilot and flew all manner of experimental aircraft for research and development purposes before returning to the Empire Test Pilot’s School as a Tutor.  Having served at Boscombe Down for ten years he joined the UK Civil Aviation Authority as an aeroplane and rotorcraft test pilot.  With the closure of the CAA’s Flight Test Department he formed Dovetail Aviation Ltd and has continued to test fly a wide variety of aircraft ever since.

Chris has flown four hundred different kinds of aircraft, is a Fellow of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and is a licensed Category 1 Test Pilot and Flight Test Instructor for both aeroplanes and helicopters, which arguably makes him one of the best qualified and most widely experienced test pilots working today.  Additionally he finds time to be a Helicopter Examiner and Instructor for helicopters, aeroplanes and autogyros.

Join Chris Taylor in the Museum or online to hear the story of his flying career, from gaining his PPL to serving in the Royal Navy, and his time as a test pilot. Find out why test pilots are necessary, how they go about their jobs, and how they make aircraft safer for us all.

There is the option of a pre-lecture chilli (beef or vegetarian) at 6pm. Advance booking is necessary - last orders by Monday 3rd October.

If you are unable to be there on the night, then simply buy an online pass to watch live on the night or to watch on catch up afterwards. Simply select a session (this is a requirement of our online ticketing system but it doesn't matter which session you select because you will be able to view the lecture at any time once it has gone live from 7pm on Monday 10th October) and you will be sent a link to the page where you'll be able to view the lecture.