Captain John Tye first joined British Airways straight from school in August 1976. He worked on the ground for several years until applying for sponsored pilot training at Hamble in 1979. He was accepted, but no further courses took places, so John went down the ‘self improver’ route, gaining his CPL in 1987.
He flew Boeing 727s for Dan Air for two years and then rejoined BA in 1989 as a Direct Entry Pilot on the B747 Classic Fleet. He remained there until a vacant position arose on Concorde in November 1989.
John flew Concorde as a Senior First Officer on the Supersonic scheduled routes and charter flights for three years. He also regularly acted as the ‘commentator’ on many of these special charter operations.
After the temporary grounding of Concorde in August 2000, John took the opportunity for promotion and became a Training Captain on the Airbus fleet on the shorthaul routes. He now flies B777s worldwide.
John lives in Surrey with his wife of over 25 years and two (almost) grown up daughters.