ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Filipe is Anglo-portuguese. He started gliding when he was fifteen and was a pilot in the Portuguese Air Force until the mid 1980s, having flown the Fiat G-91 close air support fighter. He’s made hundreds of displays at airshows since the ’90s on Pitts and Extras, and is currently a TAP Air Portugal Captain flying A330/340s. Recognising the annual problem in Portugal with bush and forest fires, he joined the service as flight safety advisor for the Fire Boss operation in Portugal and also trained as a part-time aerial firefighter.