Former Red Arrow swoops into Rotary

David Bolsover, Meldrum Rotary President Sheena Clarke, and Meldrum Rotary President-Elect Tom Gunn
David Bolsover, Meldrum Rotary President Sheena Clarke, and Meldrum Rotary President-Elect Tom Gunn

The Rotary Club of Oldmeldrum welcomed David Bolsover as its most recent guest speaker.

David, who retired from the RAF in 2003, is a former Wing Commander of the Red Arrows, and served as Commander of the UK Harrier Force during the conflict in Kosovo.

He began his career in the RAF flying Puma helicopters, before coming to Lossiemouth in 1984 to fly Buccaneers.

He also piloted Tornado aircraft in both Gulf conflicts.

Since his retirement from the RAF, David has worked for Thales, training pilots to fly the Tornado GR4 aircraft in a ‘synthetic’ training environment through simulators at Lossiemouth and Marham.

After explaining a little about his past and his current role, David showed the members an edited simulation of a mission to support ground forces under heavy fire in Afghanistan, which showed the decisions which the air crews would have had to have made.

David explained the advantages which training pilots in the highly-realistic simulator could bring, both in terms of cost as well as effectiveness.

“It puts air crews in the position of making decisions about deploying weapons before they are deployed to a battle zone, giving vital training in the rules of engagement,” he added.