Rob Collingwood - pilot
When did you join Wiltshire Air Ambulance?
I joined in March 2016
What is your background/training?
I did 10 years in the British Army, flying Lynx in the Army Air Corps and a year up in the North Sea flying to the Rigs.
What do you love most about your job?
It's hard to say any one thing but, I love that every time we lift it's for real. In the military to prepare for Operations you do a lot of training which was always compromised with a statement 'if we were doing this for real we would do it this way . . . ' this job there is no caveat. We lift on 'time critical' jobs with crews that are mission focussed and an aircraft that is tooled up for all the conditions we get exposed to. Then to top it all off we have great characters throughout the organisation who enjoy a Braai and a beer after work. What's not to love? Seriously???
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself:
I have literally caught a fish with my bare hands . . . True story!!!