The UK’s Wiltshire Air Ambulance (WAA) announced on 3 February that Steven Judd (pictured) had joined the charity as its new group chief pilot. As well as being an operational pilot for WAA, Judd will be responsible for all Heli Charter operations. He completed his training on a Bell 429 at Bell’s facility in Fort Worth, Texas, and started flying the air ambulance at the end of January.
Steven said: “Wiltshire Air Ambulance is particularly well supported by people across the county. It has got a good fundraising base and it’s an exciting opportunity to be a pilot operating a new aircraft and to provide the best possible care to patients … We have a keen group of paramedics who are highly committed to their job and our pilots are highly experienced.”
Judd has 34 years’ experience as a pilot, including 18 years in the Royal Navy and Army Air Corps. He flew the former shared Wiltshire Police/WAA helicopter on many occasions and before he joined Heli Charter was a freelance helicopter pilot trainer and examiner.
The other pilots flying with WAA are George Lawrence and Nicky Smith, and a fourth pilot is due to start flying with WAA later in February.