My name is Amanda Harrison and I guess you ‘landed’ here because you want to learn about flying and how I can inspire you.
I wrote this little bio for more than one reason. Firstly I wanted to document my journey from failure to success for my own sake, because it’s easy to forget sometimes where you started and how far you’ve come and just focus on all the stuff you still want to achieve…
I want to inspire you, yes to fly and fly with me would be wonderful, however if I just inspire you to be a better version of yourself, that would be amazing.
Truly if I can do it, then so can you. Trust me….
Someone You Trust!
Who, What, Why and Where is this person?
So to help you know me, let me share a little about myself. This is not a blowing trumpet session this is what you would learn about me if we sat down to have a coffee and a chat, and I told you stuff about me to help you get the best out of yourself. Remember, if I can do it so can you.
You see only a few short years ago, I left school at 15 with no really useful qualifications and wondered how on earth I was going to be a pilot one day. I had my first flight at the age of 14 and had fallen in love with flying.
Starting the love for flying.
People always wonder why I wanted to fly; well my Dad always wanted to fly and never had the opportunity. He has always built remote control model aeroplanes. So to me it was the most natural thing to get involved with aviation.
My Dad’s current model The Waterbird.
That is now but then I had to get a job learn to drive and save up for my Private Pilots Licence.
So scrimping and saving where the order of the day, I kid you not. My first car!
The Plastic Rocket!
I have heard all the jokes, and yes you really do stop them by putting your feet through the floor to brake. Someone once broke in to steal the radio and left it because it was so rubbish.
Great cars though and really trained me how to drive.
Many , many, jobs, including chamber maiding…. and studying later I got my Degree! BA Hons. And started to take flying lessons. Never believed I could be a commercial pilot, and got my PPL just as 9/11 hit. That was a turning point in aviation. So back to the drawing board as no jobs in aviation. Thought ok will just have to enjoy my flying. Started to Air Race what fantastic fun!
The 75th Schneider Trophy Air Race!
Came 1st in the Woman’s Race and 26 overall which out of 50 for my first race was good! It was while Racing that I had the wonderful chance to have my first Flight in a Tiger Moth. WOW I had fallen deeply in love with this aeroplane and wanted to fly it professionally some day. And here I was having the chance to actually fly one. You have to ask, you never know when someone might say YES. Air Racing also feed my adventure spirit.
Dawn To Dusk
Is a competition for the most Enterprising Aviation you can fit into one day from the Hours Dawn to Dusk. Have competed twice and 3rd and 4th two years running. Again this is good as is an international competition and one of the judges is the Duke of Edinburgh.
First Dawn to Dusk.
More time and effort.
Finally the day came when I could start to train as a Commercial Pilot. WOW the dream really was coming true now. No small achievement doing my written exams part time and working. Got in the holding pools for airlines and then the recession.
Finally made it, Professional Pilot.
Well time to rebuild my life again. All through this I had been learning to fly the Tiger Moth, taming the tiger in fact. The airlines stopped taking everyone on. However a phone call one day said would I like to instruct and do pleasure flights, knowing I was a Tiger Pilot and Flight Instructor.
So that is how a Female Commercial Tiger Moth Pilot.
Taming the Tiger.
Recreating the Amy Johnson flight 1930 England to Australia #Solo2Darwin.
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Captain Amanda Harrison:
Winner of 75th Schneider Trophy Woman’s Race
4 x UK Distance over Speed Record Holder
3th and 4th in Dawn to Dusk Competition
Commercial Woman Tiger Pilot