STEVE FORD: PILOT, AIRCRAFT ENGINEER AND AUTHOR
Steve Ford was born in Portsmouth in the UK and educated at St John’s College, Southsea. Trained as a professional aircraft engineer, he holds aircraft engineering licences both sides of the Atlantic, having served a full apprenticeship with British Caledonian Airways. He joined BCal in 1978. Full independent Airline Transport Pilot’s licences, again from both sides of the Atlantic, coupled with a solid engineering background have provided extensive opportunities to exercise the two disciplines; with British Aerospace and from 1993 to 2016 with Virgin Atlantic Airways.
Ford remains passionate about the aviation industry which led him to write his first book, ‘20 West’. Spanning six decades, from propeller-driven transport aircraft to composite, fly-by-wire and wide-body double-decker aircraft plucked from the pages of science fiction, 20
West charts the emotion, the physical experience, the joy and the anguish of flying. It is not a blow-by-blow account of the aviation industry. Nor is it merely one person’s story of their career in aviation. Rather, it is a collection of snapshots – some humorous, some heart-breaking
– of the people and the aircraft that shaped a lifelong passion for flight.
Now living in West Sussex, nestled against the South Downs National Park, Ford continues to fly and is adamant that he continues to learn...