A passion for flying

Pilot Andrew Eldridge
Pilot Andrew Eldridge

But name the thrill and chances are Mr Eldridge has chased it.

Perched among his interest in bikes, racing karts and jumping from planes is possibly his most high-octane love ” aerobatics.

‘It’s not actually that crazy,’ he says. ‘Planes are made for aerobatics.’

‘It’s like aerial ballet. It’s not hard on the plane, but it is hard on the body. It exploits the capabilities of the plane and a pilot’s skill to the max. Pulling off the perfect manoeuvre gives you quite the buzz when you get it right.’

With both parents in the air force, it seemed only natural he would follow them into a life in the sky. But that wasn’t the case.

The 52-year-old, who lost his right arm in a motorcycle accident when he was 24, was actually coaxed down to the Royal Aero Club 25 years ago under the pretence that his mum was going to be flying the plane. She had other ideas, with Mr Eldridge given the reigns. From there, a passion was born.

Mr Eldridge is based in Jandakot and often works at Murrayfield.

He now plans to turn his attention to his role as a flight instructor.