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Philip Amadeus

Philip Amadeus International eXcellence Judge

Philip Amadeus started his flying career in the British Army, flying in Germany, arctic Norway and Northern Ireland. He joined Dan Air and flew Boeing 737’s for five years until its demise. He then returned to helicopters, spending two years flying in the mountains of Ethiopia.

In 1997 he set up the helicopter charter business RotorMotion, which he sold in 2013.

His flying career has been varied; he ferried a helicopter from Greenland to Ethiopia, has been in a mid air collision with a light aircraft, landing unhurt after the tail was chopped off, and was flying David Cameron when the gear lever broke, necessitating the now Prime Minister to jump from the hovering machine before Philip landed on a bed of tires.

More enjoyable highlights include flying the Dalai Lama, Stephen Fry and having Penelope Cruz tied up in the back of the helicopter while filming ‘Sahara’ in Morocco.

He now works as an aviation consultant and pilot, spending more time with his Polo ponies and bicycles.