A Keynote Speaker, Conference Chair and MC for 8 years, speaking throughout Australia and at international conferences and events worldwide including the USA, the UK and Asia-Pac.
Jerry was the youngest pilot to ever be admitted to the Royal Navy‘s officer training school at 17 years of age, and by 25 YOA he had become the most decorated Search and Rescue helicopter pilot in peacetime. This is a record he holds to this day.
He was awarded the Air Force Cross (AFC) by HM The Queen for his rescues during the perilous conditions of the Fastnet Yacht Race, the Hellenic Medal of Honour First Class, as well as a Queen’s Commendation for valuable service in the air.
Since leaving the Navy, Jerry has carved out a career becoming one of the world’s leading helicopter film pilots, and the world’s leading aerial film director.
On leaving the Royal Navy he founded helicopter filming company Castle Air (still going strong), and began his trajectory in the world of helicopter film flying; working on James Bond ‘View to a Kill’, Sir Ridley Scott’s ‘Black Hawk Down’, hundreds of television commercials, major BBC documentaries filming worldwide, as well as international sporting events such as Olympics, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, Soccer World Cup.
Jerry has flown his helicopter for films and television programmes on every continent except the South Pole... over Kuwait after the first Gulf war, over New Orleans 24 hours after Hurricane Katrina struck, from Victoria to West Australia including in the aftermath of Black Saturday’s horrendous bush fires, across Europe, Africa, the Middle and Far East and the British Isles.
Jerry has directed films shot at NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre in Florida and Mission Control in Houston and the European Space Agency’s Headquarters at Noordwijk Holland.
Jerry’s two books ‘RESCUE PILOT; Cheating the Sea’, and ‘FILM PILOT – FROM JAMES BOND TO HURRICANE KATRINA’ were published by Bloomsbury worldwide. During publicity for both books he appeared on national television and radio worldwide.
The final chapter of FILM PILOT describes the disruption to the helicopter film world that drones have brought about, and poses the theory that the advent of drones and the innovations they bring is the most exciting thing to happen in aviation since the Wright brothers.
He has been chairing conferences and giving keynote presentations world-wide, using incidents from his aviation experiences to address the overall concept of risk management.
Jerry holds dual citizenship of the UK and Australia.
He can be booked for events worldwide including consultancy positions, expert witness report writing, and training events.