About Me

Hi,

My name is Mark Charlwood, and I live in the lovely county of Hampshire in South East England. I have a wide and eclectic range of interests that include sustainability, alternative energy,  science and technology and aerospace.

When I’m not writing, you can probably find me at the airstrip…

Having said that, I’m also partial to creative writing, poetry, lyric writing and travel reporting – just for the hell of it.

Needless to say, the production of articles, web content, technical manuals, instruction books, procedures and checklists are all within my capability and skill set.

I have spent most of my working life in communications, technology and aviation, and as you can see from my site, I have written many articles on a diverse range of subjects from cycling to shipping, and from social commentary to short stories.

I hope you take some time to delve into my “back-catalogue” and enjoy them.

My background is a little biased towards aviation and aircraft, as its been my passion since I was a child. I have been professionally involved in aviation since 1972, and hold a Master’s Degree in Air Safety Management. In the past I have worked for British Telecom, American Airlines, British Airways and the Civil Aviation Authority .

I was a flight instructor  for over 17 years, and hold ratings to train pilots on the Boeing 737-200, Airbus A319/320/321, Boeing 777-200/300, and the Boeing 747-400. I somehow managed to amass over 17,000 instructional hours, most of it sitting in a darkened full motion flight simulator.

Flying the Concorde Simulator at Filton, just after the Queen of the Skies retired…

I qualified as a technical author in 2018, with active memberships of the Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators (MISTC), the Association of British Science Writers (MABSW),  the Royal Aeronautical Society (MRAeS). and hold a Licentiateship of the City and Guilds in Air Transport.

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 flying all types of light aircraft. 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.

The Kirby Cadet MkIII. Would love to get hold of one of these…

I now own my own small aeroplane which is based on a quiet farm strip not far from my home in rural Hampshire.  

My Rans S6-ES Coyote…

Oh, and I love Motorcycles as well, having been riding since I was a teenager.

My Triumph Trophy 1215SE Tourer. I still love the sound of a powerful triple

Watch out for future posts!

Thanks for visiting!

4 replies on “About Me”

Hi Mark I have just come across your musings as an A.T.C. cadet and like you I also did my
A and B license at R.A.F. Kenley and the fun and high jinks I had there have remained with my for the rest of my life. From explaining when asked after I finished my first solo to this rather Jack Hawkins like man and his lovely Wife ,I was full of myself and replied how brilliant it was and more or less if he were ever lucky enough to get a flight in a glider he would love it. He smiled and walked off around the peri track just as the C.O. arrived in the retrieval lorry with the two cables attached to tow me back to the launch point. He asked me what I had said to this Bloke and I repeated what I had told him and the C.O. said do you know who he is to which I replied no and he informed me he was Johny Johnson the top scoring R.A.F. fighter Ace of w.w.2 .He was C.O. of R.A.F. Scampton the V bomber base in Lincs.
He flew down every weekend to Kenly in a D. H. Dove as he still retained his home on the outskirts of the airfield..
Regards… Eric.

https://www.starduststudios.com/johnnie-johnson.html

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