Meet Our Pilots

Chris Carder

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…

First of all is former RAF Red Arrow’s Pilot, Chris Carder.

Chris Carder

Who is someone you admire, and why?

My wife, because she’s an amazing mother and she puts up with me, which is no mean feat!

What’s a typical day like for you?

There isn’t a typical day for me.  I could be flying a Spitfire at Duxford, a 787 across the Atlantic, relaxing down route on a layover in some far-flung destination or at home with my family.

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

I paint in watercolours.

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

Home, or a ski slope.

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

A fighter pilot.

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

Anywhere on four continents.

How do you want people to remember you?

A good person and also a great pilot.

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

Certainly calmness under pressure.

Name three words that describe you.

Professional, calm, funny.

How do you think your colleagues would describe you?

Flying-mad and hopefully, professional, calm and funny.

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

See my children grow up to be happy and successful.

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

Fly the Hispano Buchon – my mother was in the Luftwafe during WWII so it will be special to fly a German-designed warbird, and great fun too.

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

Drinking coffee.

What publications do you regularly read?

The Times and also the Boeing 787 Flight Crew Operating Manual 15.

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

Relaxing at home with my family.

What are some causes you care about?

Wildlife conservation – Once it’s gone, it’s gone.

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

Eat, drink, fly.

What would be your personal motto?

Never give up.


Many thanks to Chris for taking the time to answer our questions and we are looking forward to discovering who will we be introducing you to next.  Finally, If you have a particular pilot you would like to know a little bit more about, or even have a question you would like to ask them, then get in touch and you might just see it on the next pilot profile.


Photos: George Romain