Captain Tim Orchard began his flying career in 1971. He has flown over 50 types of aircraft and is currently licensed to fly Aeroplanes, Helicopters, Hot Air Balloons and Hot Air Airships.
Tim is an air-test pilot, a Display Pilot, a Flight Instructor and a Senior Examiner (of Pilots, Flight Instructors and of Examiners) for the Civil Aviation Authority.
He jointly holds the Concorde World Record time for the journey from New York to London: 2hrs 52 minutes (7th February 1996).
Tim has flown in formation with the Concorde on several occasions; the Heathrow 50th Anniversary with Red Arrows and several air-to-air photography sorties.
In his career with British Airways Tim has flown the Hawker-Sidley Trident, the Concorde and the Boeing 777 as well as spending nine years as personal pilot to the BA Board in an executive aircraft.
Tim is Managing Director of an ex-BA subsidiary which runs its own airfield. He owns a hot air balloon and a 1950s DeHavilland Chipmunk aircraft.