We’re delighted to welcome Simon Rawlins to our collective training team as a combat air subject matter expert.
Simon joined the Royal Navy in 1998 straight from school after his A levels. After flying training, he was posted to the Harrier GR7/9 as part of Joint Force Harrier (JFH). He flew the Harrier from 2002 until its demise in 2010, including being part of the final 16 ship flypast. During his time on JFH he flew on land-based operations and exercises around the world and embarked on HMS Illustrious. He became a Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape (SERE) officer, Instrument Rating Examiner and completed the Qualified Weapons Instructor Course in 2007.
After the Harrier, Simon spent 10 months working for the Military Aviation Authority before joining the Carrier Strike team at Navy Command Headquarters working on ship/air integration. In 2013 he undertook an exchange tour flying the F18E/F Super Hornet with the US Navy. Assigned to VX9, he conducted operational tests on the F18 and was also fortunate to carrier qualify on the USS Stennis.
Returning to the UK in 2017, he completed his military service as SO1 Lightning, working within Air Cap at HQ Air Command. During his time there, the Lightning Force returned to the UK, achieved initial operational capability (IOC) and he was heavily involved with OT-1, the first embarkation of UK F35s onto HMS Queen Elizabeth.
Simon left the RN in 2020 and became a contractor instructor pilot (CIP) with BAE Systems, working in the F35 simulator at RAF Marham for two-and-a-half years. He is currently an airline pilot flying the 737 for a major European holiday company. He joins Inzpire on a part-time basis, working within the Air Battlespace Training Centre when not taking people on their holidays!
Simon lives in Lincolnshire with his wife and two small children. When not at Inzpire or the airlines, he is a Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, flying air cadets on 5AEF at RAF Wittering.
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