Meet Our Pilots

Brian Smith

Here at Aerial Collective we are fortunate enough to have a pool of experienced and extremely talented pilots.  But what do they get up to when they are not flying planes or vintage military aircraft?  We thought we would ask them a few questions and find out…

Next up is Brian Smith another of our fantastic pilots.  He is however incredibly elusive when it comes to having his picture taken!


Who is someone you admire, and why?

The late Ray Hanna, probably one of the finest pilots of his generation

What’s a typical day like for you?

Wake up, do some sort of aviation, go to bed.

Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about?

I’m not sure that I’m particularly skillful or talented!!

If you could be anywhere other than here, right this minute, where would you be?

In the pub (it’s lunchtime).

Flashback to when you were 10 years old.  What do you want to be when you grow up?

An ace pilot and I’m still trying

Finish this sentence.  On Sunday mornings, you can usually find me…

Reading the papers in the winter or flying something in the summer.

How do you want people to remember you?

He had one hell of a sense of humour.

What do you think are the best skills that you bring to your job?

I’m not blind or deaf, and my brain still seems to adequately function.

Name three words that describe you.

Tall, grey and handsome.

How do you think your colleagues would describe you?

I dread to think!

What do you want to make sure you do before you die?

Fly the aeroplane I’ve been building for the last 14 years.

What’s a goal you have for yourself that you want to accomplish in the next year?

Survive until next year.

Name a few of your daily habits (other than a shower and brushing your teeth).

You really don’t want to know!

What publications do you regularly read?

The odd newspaper and flying magazines.

What are you happiest doing, when you’re not working?

Enjoying retirement, now that I’m not working.

What are some causes you care about?

Nothing specific.

What do you do with your friends in your spare time?

Enjoy their company over a couple of beers.

What would be your personal motto?

Never give up!!


Photos: George Romain