David has been involved in aviation throughout his career. Initially an Army Helicopter Pilot and later an Instructor, Examiner and CFS Tri-Service Agent, he amassed over 6,000 hours flight time in 20 years of operational flying around the world. After leaving the Army, David worked in the civilian aviation world for nearly 20 years at Board and Ministerial level, only recently retiring. David has been a sitting Dorset magistrate for over 10 years and presently sits as the Bench Chairman in the Bournemouth Adult Magistrate Court. He lives with his wife Liz and their 13 year old Springer Spaniel in a small Purbeck village on the south coast of Dorset and has two children and four grandchildren.