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EXPERTISE
Aviation
Extraordinary Lives & Famous People
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BIOGRAPHY
Anita Mays is the youngest of four and was born in Nigeria to Yorkshire Parents. She spent most of her young life in Africa while attending boarding school in England where she excelled in sports. At Birmingham university and Aix-En-Provence, she attained an honours degree in English and French. She now lives in Berkshire and her partner is ex Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm.

Aeroplanes had always been a seminal part of her childhood. Keen to work in the industry she applied to become an airhostess but was subsequently turned down by over eight airlines. Unable to work in the back, she tried up the front and learnt to fly becoming an instructor then a qualified commercial pilot. She has enjoyed a remarkable and colourful career, flying executive jets, cooperate, airline, freight and some film work.

Anita has written a funny heart warming book which won her a place as a finalist in a new author’s category on the BBC’s Alan Titchmarsh show. In the autoflyography ‘Fly Girl Adventures’, she paints a lively picture of this dynamic industry using her passion and sensitivity to reflect on the mysterious beauty of our planet and of the many colourful and quirky characters on her journey around it.

She gets impounded in Siberia, ferries a WW2 bomber across the Atlantic and travels all over the world with VIP’s.

She is a qualified English teacher, speaks French & Italian, loves keep fit and many sports including recreational flying.

Her maxims for a good life are: Give yourself time to stand and stare and most of all Be grateful.

Click here to visit Anita's website >> www.flygirladventures.co.uk


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TALKS
1. LIFT IS A GIFT BUT THRUST IS A MUST
My first talk is about early days trying to find work as an air hostess in the aviation industry only to be rejected by over 10 companies. So I had a go at the front end instead and I learnt to fly. I became a flying instructor (amusing stories about some of my students including an Arab Sheik’s son) and eventually I qualified as an executive jet pilot, thrown in at the deep end with exciting VIP flights and Air Ambulance based at London Heathrow. I describe this struggle and this journey with humour and thoughtful observation.

2. GAME JET & MATCH
My 2nd talk is about having finally qualified .....flying the executive jets including when things go horribly wrong eg. getting impounded in Siberia. Light hearted and breezy glimpses into the world of global romping flying celebs, pop stars, oligarchs and jet setters around. The ups and downs of private jet charter. Catering requirements and logistics. References to aerodynamics, and icing problems.

3. FLIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION !
My 3rd talk is about working for Aces High, a filming company specializing in sales of historic aircraft. I ferried a genuine WW2 bomber over the Atlantic and subsequently flew it in a TV series for LWT with highly credentialled pilots in their Spitfires and Messerschmitts. I talk of Memphis Belle and other films. Plus many airshows in which I flew the DC3 the Junkers JU52 Nazi plane. diving on a wrecked drugs plane (DC3) in the Bahamas. Other interesting missions, culminating in my work as assistant to the aerial coordinator on the James Bond films. A livley, unique, eye opening talk involving, many fascinting people and courageous highly qualified pilots and crew.

4. LETS GET GOING ON THE BOEING
My 4th talk is about flying a high end private Boeing 727 for an international arms dealer based between Cyprus Dubai Moscow and London . I also flew the 727 for four years in the airlines and freight industry based in Gatwick. Nostalgic stuff because this was 3 crew cockpit ( now out of service.) I mention tricky approaches, difficult landings in bad weather. ( Good video footage of me landing in a bad storm at STN). Educational descriptions of swept wing technology and principles of flight / aerodynamics. Entertaining descriptions of some of the characters who own these big private jets and the long journeys round the world we did with them. These 'planes are chartered out when the owners are not using them, so a lot of exposure here to different people and places eg Monte Carlo Grand Prix ( also pop bands /musicians)

5. TALES FROM THE SLIPSTREAM
This talk is about other peoples’ stories. We have hours down route or in the cruise to share stories, I have heard so many good ones from fellow crew members, both cabin crew, flight deck and engineers, I thought they should not go undocumented. Tales of daring do, a RAF friend who worked with SAS in Sierra Leone – even one from a friend who survived a crash into the sea.

6. THREE CHEERS FOR THE PIONEERS
A history of the evolution of flight, a celebration of great pioneers, their vision, courage and indeed crashes!…. from early balloonists to astronauts. A study of some extraordinary characters (Wright bros, Amy Johnson, Emilia Earhart, Lindberg, Frank Whittle and many more) and the seminal moments within this industry which has moved with astonishing swiftness. A really enjoyiable insight into aviation which has seen men jumping off piers with wings attached to their backs to lunar landings in 69 years. Fascinating stuff.

7. THE BEAUTY OF THE PLANET
This talk is quite different , not so much about the ‘planes but about the things I have seen from those ‘planes. I celebrate the inexhaustible wonders of the planet, describing the natural world and wonderful meteorology which give us Aurora Borealis, sunsets, moonscapes, tropical storms, St. Elmo’s fire and explain how these marvellous phenomena come about. That hard earned seat in the front has afforded me special glimpses of the fantastic and miraculous workings of our atmosphere around this unique planet. A moving and reflective talk which leaves people very uplifted.

8. AFRICA
Having been born and raised in West Africa, I have many memories and photos of life out there from my parents time (1950's and 1960's up to my days 1970's and 80's) this is a nostalgic and in formative look back on the customs and life styles and conditions in a West African ex colony. I describe all sorts of aspects of life, the food , customs - the rather scary Ju Ju men (like Voodoo) and the enduring friendships with various Nigerians. The diseases, the lving conditions, the parties, the lagoons, waterways and the fun we had, as well as the Biafran war which I witnessed. A thorough and interesting insight .
RECENT PAST CRUISES COMPLETED
The following recent Cruise History has been recorded for this candidate.
SHIP REF CRUISE DESCRIPTION NIGHTS SAILING FROM DEPARTURE DATE
Viking Star ST170729 Viking Homelands 14 Bergen Saturday, July 29, 2017
Arcadia J701 Polynesian & Asian Adventure Cruise 114 Southampton Monday, January 2, 2017