Dave started flying at 15 and solo’d a glider at 16. A year later, he gained his PPL and joined the RAF at 19. After his first tour in the RAF as a Jet Provost instructor, he flew the F4 Phantom during the Cold War on 92 (East India) Sqn in Germany. After four years flying the Phantom, and due to RAF Wildenrath closing, Dave returned to instructing at RAF Chivenor as a Qualified Weapons Instructor on the Hawk. He was also the Hawk display pilot for the 1994 season. This was good preparation for his next tour - the Red Arrows. He was in the syncro pair and part of the team’s tour to South Africa, Southeast Asia and Australia where the team displayed to 1.3m people at Sydney Harbour on Australia Day, 1996.
After “the Reds”, with no Phantom to go back to (after its retirement), Dave flew the Harrier GR7 and spent four years on ‘Happy’ 4 Sqn and was an instructor at RAF Wittering. In 2003, Dave attended the Test Pilots' course at Empire Test Pilots’ School (ETPS) at Boscombe Down. On completion, he moved to the Fast Jet Test Sqn as the Harrier GR9 project pilot. After two years, he was chosen to be an exchange test pilot with the USAF at Eglin AFB in Florida flying the F-16.
On Dave’s return to the UK, he began eight years as an ETPS Flight Commander. After he left the RAF, he continued as an ETPS instructor.
Beyond professional flying, Dave has competed in UK aerobatics competitions and became UK champion in his class in 2001. He is also an avid gliding pilot, owning his own glider