My name is Mark Charlwood, and I live in the lovely county of Hampshire in South East England. My main interests are technology and aviation, and I hope to be writing some interesting articles in the future covering many diverse subjects within these two very broad topics.
I have been involved in aviation since 1972, and hold a Master’s Degree in Air Safety Management, and I am a Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and hold Licentiateship of the City and Guilds in Aviation Studies.
I was a flight instructor for a major airline for over 17 years, and held ratings to instruct on the Boeing 737-200, The Airbus A319/320/321, The Boeing 777-200/300, and the Boeing 747-400. In that time I managed to amass over 15,000 hours, most of it sitting in a darkened full motion flight simulator.
I am a fully qualified Training and Quality Assurance Assessor (TAQA/A1) and an experienced regulatory auditor, so I am able to assess students in many areas of Aviation, including Cabin Crew, and Flight Operations and Despatch disciplines.
I am also a qualified technical author, and am a member of the Institute of Technical and Scientific Communicators (ISTC)
Over the years, I have written many publications, from training manuals, checklists, procedures and technical examinations, through to technical reports and articles.
I also love to fly light aircraft, and I have a multi engine rating, instrument rating, and instructor rating. I also hold a sailplane licence since learning to glide with the Air Training Corps in the early 1970s. I now own my own small aeroplane which is based on a quiet farm strip not far from my home in rural Hampshire. I have a love of creative writing, so watch out for future posts!
Thanks for visiting!