Some spend a lifetime dreaming of getting behind the controls of an aircraft, others such as Lieutenant Ian Parrott, have spent a significant part of their life actually doing it.
Lieutenant Parrott, of 725 Squadron, achieved a significant career milestone in June, surpassing 5000 hours of flight time. He ticked over the mark in a Seahawk Romeo helicopter, as an Aviation Warfare Officer.
Squadron Commanding Officer, Commander Dave Frost joined Lieutenant Parrott's family, the officers and sailors of the squadron to congratulate him.
“Very few aviators have the opportunity to achieve this milestone,” Commander Frost said.
“Achieving whilst flying the Royal Australian Navy's newest aircraft makes it that much more inspirational for all of us in the Fleet Air Arm."
Lieutenant Parrott commenced his flying career in 1980 and has flown Wessex, Seaking, Iroquois, Seasprite and Seahawk helicopters as well as the HS 748 fixed wing aircraft. His breadth of experience is extensive and he now utilises that experience as an instructor, teaching aircrew how to employ the myriad of sensors and weapons in the MH-60R Romeo.
“I’ve enjoyed every hour airborne and it’s such a pleasure to pass on my experience to naval aviators of the future," Lieutenant Parrott said.
Lieutenant Parrott has recently returned from the United States where he completed conversion to the MH-60R with the US Navy.
He was part of the commissioning crew 725 Squadron and has plans to fly for many more hours.