Experienced North Sea helicopter pilot Stuart joins Multiflight
Helicopter pilot Stuart Rushton has left the North Sea behind him to join the Multiflight charter/HEMS team and is “absolutely loving” his new role.
“I am loving it, it’s absolutely brilliant to be working for Multiflight and a real dream come true for me,” says Stuart, who lives near York.
Learning to fly had always been a dream for Stuart, but it wasn’t until 2002, at the age of 37, that he did his first trial flying lesson. He then gave up his job as a production manager to do his Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL(H)), followed quickly the same year by his Commercial Pilot’s Licence (CPL(H)). He then became an Instructor.
His first piloting job was with Northumbria Helicopters in Newcastle, instructing and doing charter work. He subsequently got a job as a North Sea pilot, mainly out of Humberside, but also Norwich, Blackpool, Aberdeen and Sumburgh, doing this for 12 years.
In 2010 Stuart recalls applying for a job with the Great North Air Ambulance and says he has chased a HEMS role ever since.
Stuart joined Multiflight in October and having completed his training and HEMS checks, he is now doing HEMS and charter work for Multiflight.
“It really is the fulfilment of everything I have ever wanted to do and a great opportunity, which I would like to thank Mark Griffiths (Multiflight’s Chief Helicopter Pilot) for,” says Stuart.
“Mark has been so supportive and coming to work at Multiflight is a total breath of fresh air for me.”
Stuart, who is now 54 and has completed 7,000 hours flying time, says he is enjoying the mix of charter and HEMS work and says his first HEMS job is a career highlight, as well as meeting everyone during his work.
“It’s so good when people come up and talk to us and show a genuine interest in the work we do.”
Mark Griffiths commented: “We are delighted to welcome Stuart to the charter/HEMS team; he’s a great addition, bringing lots of experience, and we look forward to working with him.”
Picture shows Stuart working as one of Multiflight’s Great North Air Ambulance pilots.
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