The East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) are proud to announce that one of their Co-pilots, Chris Sherriff is a lone ranger no more. Having completed the required 350 hours multi-pilot flying experience to Captain their dual-pilot H145 helicopters, he can once again step into the Captain’s boots.
Chris is this year celebrating 10 years flying for EAAA – a major milestone. He originally worked flying the BK117 helicopters, which were flown by a solo pilot, but with the introduction of the charity’s H145 helicopters, which are dual-pilot operational. Chris has had to acquire the 350 flight hours required to become a Captain once again. The charity predicted it would take him three years to complete but his amazing work ethic means he has managed it in just two years and one month. The moment he completed his hours was made even sweeter by flying with Captain Luke Morgan, who originally took Chris through his Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) training 10 years ago.
Captain Chris Sherriff said; “I’m really pleased to have completed the required hours. When the moment arrived there were a few big cheers from the crew. I love doing this job and it means I can continue going out and playing my part in saving the lives of the people that need us. It was also fantastic to have completed the time with Luke who helped me through my initial training all those years ago”.
Chief Executive Patrick Peal said; “This was a great moment for us at EAAA, we are incredibly proud of Chris. All of our pilots and crew do a fantastic job and Chris, one of our longest serving pilots, is an integral and much loved member of the team. All those who have the opportunity to fly with him will be in the hands of a fantastic captain”.
The charity began flying the H145 helicopters in 2015. The new aircraft carries two flight crew, the doctor and paramedic, space for a patient and two other passengers, whilst providing an increase in cabin space and performance. The pilots that fly for EAAA are employed by Babcock Mission Critical Services Onshore who provide the charity with pilots, engineers and aircraft operations under a long-term service contract.