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Adrian Anthony Akers-Douglas was born in the English Midlands on 17 September 1943. He is the son of Major Anthony George Akers-Douglas and Dorothy Louise Gage. He is a great-grandson of the  


  He joined the RAF in 1962, training as a pilot at the RAF College, Cranwell. He later served as a co-pilot on The Queen's Flight and was ADC to two Chiefs of the Air Staff.
He left the RAF in 1973 and - dismayed by the British weather - happily accepted a job with Cyprus Airways. He lived with his newly-married wife in Kyrenia and all went well until 20th July, 1974, when the Turks invaded and divided the island. Nicosia Airport was left in No Man's Land and Cyprus Airways was grounded.
Adrian spent the next year bush flying in light aircraft in South Africa, the most professionally challenging period of his career. However, the Mediterranean beckoned and he was recalled by Cyprus Airways in early 1976 as they rebuilt their operation from Larnaca Airport. Sadly, the company's Tridents had been destroyed during the fighting in Nicosia and so now a series of ever-larger aircraft were acquired as the new airport grew: DC-9s, BAC1-11s, Boeing 707s, a DC-8, and then suddenly - in a mighty leap of technology - the Airbus 310, where Adrian began his love affair with Toulouse.

It was during this time that he became aware of how many people were nervous of flying, and not only when he was the pilot. He felt many of these could be helped by a book which explained flying in a simple, non-technical, and occasionally light-hearted way.

Adrian moved to sister-company Eurocypria, becoming Head of Training on the fly-by-wire Airbus A320, before joining Airbus in Toulouse as an instructor and examiner in 2003. From Toulouse he was despatched worldwide to introduce Airbus aircraft to new customers.

Apart from the 'day job', Adrian is a committed 'green' and reluctant vegetarian. He founded Friends of the Earth (Cyprus) in 1980, and is now a director of two environmental organisations in Cyprus: Terra Cypria, formerly the Cyprus Conservation Foundation, and the Laona Foundation for the Regeneration of the Cypriot Countryside.

Since 2007, he has been a freelance Airbus instructor and examiner. He and his second wife divide their time between homes in Toulouse and Cyprus. He has two daughters by his first marriage, one of whom produced a delightful grand-daughter in 2011.


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