Tragic crash won’t keep Nick grounded

FLYING HIGH: Pilot Nick Maylor takes his beloved Tiger Moth on a joy flight over Moreton Bay.
FLYING HIGH: Pilot Nick Maylor takes his beloved Tiger Moth on a joy flight over Moreton Bay. Contributed

TIGER Moth pilot Nick Maylor's faith in his classic aircraft has not been shaken by news of a tragic crash that claimed the life of a joy flight passenger.

Mr Maylor, 64, lives at Montville and works as a flight instructor at Aerodynamic Flight Academy in Caboolture.

He also takes to the skies in his 1941 de Havilland Tiger Moth about four or five times a week as a commercial joy flight operator.

It is the same model aircraft as the one that record-breaking pilot Ryan Campbell, 21, was flying when it crashed north of the Gold Coast on Monday.

The impact killed 58-year-old joyflight passenger Gary Turnbull and left Mr Campbell, who in 2013 became the youngest pilot to fly around the world in 70 days, seriously injured.

News of the crash left Mr Maylor dismayed and shocked. He said: "It's not something you expect.

"They are very safe to fly.

"You probably run more risk driving to the airfield than flying in the aeroplane."

He has been a pilot for 41 years and has been flying Tiger Moths for more than 30 years.

"They have lovely handling characteristics and they are a joy to fly," he said.

Mr Maylor recognised the risks associated with his joy flight pilot role.

"Usually it is a special day (for the passenger) like a birthday or a Christmas present," he said.

"Often, the family is there so it's a big responsibility."

However, he said Tiger Moths were safe and robust aeroplanes.

"If I didn't have total confidence in the aeroplane, I wouldn't be flying it."

He has flown joyflights since Monday's crash and has more booked next week.

"I always get a buzz with the Tiger Moth flights," he said.

"I enjoy the buzz that the passengers get from it was well."

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