ABOVE: Al Rosser will be mainly based at the charity’s Blackbushe Airport headquarters.

Disabled flying charity Aerobility – which ‘changes lives by allowing anyone, with any disability, to experience the magic and wonder of flight’ – has appointed former RAF Pilot Al Rosser as its new Chief Flying Director and Service Delivery Director.

Rosser, who has always enjoyed instructing, explained: “This seemed like an excellent opportunity to use my skills in a positive way that would benefit the charity”. Elaborating on how he grew up with his mother suffering from multiple sclerosis, he described this as having left “an indelible mark upon the way [he] speaks to and interacts with disabled people,” appreciating that “everyone has something to give and that a disability never defines anyone”.

Rosser’s aviation career began when he joined the Royal Air Force straight after leaving school, going on to complete three tours on the TriStar with 216 Sqn and one tour as a Bulldog instructor at Liverpool University Air Squadron. He eventually left the RAF for a role at Marshall Aerospace where he flew Hercules aircraft on post-maintenance test flights, alongside teaching at the flying club. For the past 15 years, he has predominately been flying Challengers and PC-12 aircraft in the business aviation sector.

“I am looking forward to carrying on the great work already done and seeing it through the next 10 years of development as we grow the charity’s presence across the UK; this will encompass even greater reach to disabled people who would benefit from the magic of flight in their lives,” concluded Rosser.

IMAGE: AEROBILITY