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The year on reflection….

To the New Year and Beyond! (As Buzz lightyear once said… ish ha!)

As 2018 draws to a close, it gives me time to
reflect on the past 12 months and all the opportunity I’ve had. I’m looking forward to a new year and excited to see what 2019 brings.

My Series ‘Flying Across Britain’ which was broadcast in August on channel 4 was a big highlight. After working so hard on it during the Summer of 2017 it was really enjoyable to sit back, watch it come to life and enjoy the adventures I was lucky enough to go on.

So many people got in touch with me on social media off the back of this series – sending their comments and opinions. I love receiving people’s feedback and is honestly so great to see so many people who love something I’m so passionate about also.

It was unprecedented to receive such great reviews and as a result I found that lots of people were inspired to take to the skies either for the first time or revalidate old licences.

I’ve worked with Embraer throughout the year creating some really cool mini programs … Keep an eye on the Embraer YouTube channel, where you’ll be able to watch all of them. There’s also some yet to hit your screens.

Going into 2019 I’ll hopefully be traveling to China, Kazakhstan and many other countries with Embraer promoting their fantastic new commercial airliner the E190 E2.

I’ll also be venturing into new ground as I begin work with new broadcasters and organisations *watch this space* Make sure you follow my social media pages and here to keep up to date with all the latest offerings.

@Arthurvw1986 – Twitter
ArthurVWilliams – instagram

So much to be excited about in the near future and happy to have a breather over the holidays and spend time with family.

Have a great Christmas everyone and I’ll see you on the other side!


Passion for Flight…

For as long as I can remember I’ve always loved aeroplanes, and flight. I was brought up in an area of Worcestershire where we had all types of aircraft flying at rooftop level over our house. From fast jets, to large cargo aeroplanes, helicopters and even the odd American or European jets. I loved sprinting out of the house to watch them, and decided very early on that flying was for me. That’s what I was going to do.

My first chance to take control of an aeroplane happened after an unexpected and terrible change in my life. I don’t think I would have had the chance to realise my boyhood dream had it not been for this disaster in my life.

Every cloud has a silver lining right!?

After my first trial lesson in a light aeroplane I was addicted! Id rediscovered how much I loved flight.

In the air you have absolute freedom to drift through the sky and play amongst the clouds. You have space, crisp, cold air and a perspective on the world that only the gods can share.

On the ground I would often feel restricted, anchored to a surface and only able to move on a horizontal plain. When I jump into a cockpit I can leap into the air, move in three dimensions, travel across continents over the hills, seas, deserts. Freedom.

Contentment and happiness overwhelm me, it’s an addiction.

I want to share with you a famous poem written by the late John Gillespie Magee junior that captures the feeling perfectly.

High Flight 

‘Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds – and done a hundred things you have not dreamed of – wheeled and soared and swung high in the sunlit silence. Hovering there,I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung my eager craft through footless halls of air…Up, up the long, delirious, burning blueI’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy graceWhere never lark nor even eagle flew and, while with silent lifting mind I’ve trod the high untrespassed sanctity of space,Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.’


Thank you!

Flying Across Britain

Since Flying across Britain hit our screens on channel4 just two Sundays ago, you have been getting in touch in the masses!

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve received thousands of messages through Twitter, letters in the post, texts, emails etc. It’s been really difficult for me to respond to all of them and so I wanted to put a message out to show my appreciation for your kind comments and say thank you for watching and supporting.

Throughout filming the whole team worked so hard and with such passion and I really think it shows through in the series. We wanted to show British aviation in all its glory, not just focusing on the big heavy duty stuff but right down to the grass roots as well.

When you have a platform such as a massive UK terrestrial broadcaster you have a huge reach to get your voice heard about the things you’re passionate about. I’m lucky enough that I get to do that. For me aviation is that, my passion, and particularly general aviation, which needs this boost at the moment.

I’ve been really encouraged by everyone who has written to me saying they are going to get back into flying, and get their kids involved or even just inspiration for tomorrows day out.

A BIG and truly heartfelt thank you to you all for allowing me to share my passion.

Please do keep getting in touch, I love reading your comments and I’m sorry if I haven’t been able to get back to all of you yet. All in good time.

I hope you enjoy the rest of the series.

In episode three we visit the stunning west Scottish Highlands and Islands. Set amongst the breath-taking mountains and the vast Atlantic Ocean I go in search of a sunken American maritime aeroplane, try my hand at landing on Loch Lomond in a float plane and get a privileged insight into our national air traffic service at Prestwick centre.

Tune in this Sunday 19thAugust @ 7pm for the next instalment and if you want to catch up or watch any episodes again simply follow the link below.

https://www.channel4.com/programmes/flying-across-britain-with-arthur-williams

All the best,

Arthur……and G-BDEY