Wings for Warriors

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Former soldier Chris Kirk is months away from making a boyhood dream come true. 

By autumn, the 23-year old hopes to have completed commercial helicopter pilot training and begin a new career flying workers offshore from Aberdeen. 

Just five years ago, Chris was injured while serving for the 5th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland (The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) in Afghanistan. 

Following hospital treatment, rehabilitation and physiotherapy, Chris is now pursuing his childhood ambition of becoming a helicopter pilot thanks to the charity Wings for Warriors and principle sponsor CHC Helicopter. 

Wings for Warriors is a UK charity that trains injured ex-military personnel to become commercial helicopter pilots. 

Chris said: "When I found out about Wings for Warriors, I thought it was too good to be true.  Being accepted was a massive turning point in my life.

"As a pilot, you have to know everything from how different aircraft work, to aviation law as well as meteorology.  All of this makes sure you get passengers from A to B and home again safely."

As well as providing the Wings for Warriors helicopter, CHC has a dedicated space in their hangar in Aberdeen for training and maintenance of their aircraft.  The students also receive guidance from highly experienced flight trainers and engineers - who volunteer in their spare time - and have access to the company's world-class flight planning tools and systems.

Chris added: "If I get my dream job in Aberdeen with CHC I know I'll be working in a challenging environment, but that's why they say some of the best pilots in the world are based here."