British Airways Captain Rob Johnson, 43, dreamed of becoming a pilot from a very early age and gained his private pilot’s licence aged only 18.
Having joined British Airways as an engineering apprentice in 1990, he won a place on the airline’s sponsored pilot cadet training programme and has had a distinguished career, gaining promotion to Captain in 2007. He has flown both short and long haul routes in his career and currently flies the Airbus 320 aircraft to UK and European destinations – however his latest career move surprised and impressed his colleagues.
After seeing how interested his two young sons Alfie (six) and Woody (five) were to hear about his global travels and experiences flying for the airline, Rob has written a series of children’s books about the ‘Amazing Adventures of Pilot Ollie’ and ‘Pilot Polly’.
The books, aimed at three to eight year olds feature airline pilots Polly and Ollie who fly to a different destination in each story – with the first one set in Rome followed by Madrid. The books have been produced in a handy A5 size to easily fit into a child’s backpack or other hand-baggage.
Captain Johnson, said: “I love flying and feel so lucky to be able to travel and see the world that I wanted to share this with as many people as possible.
“My little ones really enjoyed learning about the different places I`d been, so I thought why not create some stories to share with others too?
“I hope kids of all ages will enjoy these books and hopefully it may even inspire some young girls and boys to consider becoming a pilot when they grow up.”
The stories are designed to be fun, informative and engaging while educating kids about flying and the culture and history of different international cities. The books also have fun and interactive illustrations throughout and have a find the flag game in every drawing.
The first three books are now available to order on Amazon from £4.95 each and £14.50 for all three. For more information please see the website: http://planecharacters.com/