Arthur Williams : Channel 4 presenter Arthur Williams Becomes LAA Ambassador
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Pilot and TV presenter Arthur Williams has agreed to become an ‘LAA Ambassador’, promoting the Light Aircraft Association’s message of ‘Flying for Fun’ to the widest possible audience. Arthur flies a vintage Piper J-3 Cub and is perhaps best known for his role as the host of Channel 4’s Paralympic coverage and the series “Flying to the Ends of the Earth”. He joins air show pilot Lauren Richardson to create a ‘dynamic duo’, promoting the LAA and sport flying around the UK.

 

Arthur, from Worcester, is a self-confessed flying addict and his boyhood obsession was realised when, despite having been paralysed from the waist down in a car crash two years earlier, he became a qualified pilot in 2009. Arthur had previously served as a Royal Marine Commando and he combined his love of flying with his spirit of adventure as the Channel 4 series “Flying to the Ends of the Earth” took him cattle ranching by helicopter in the Australian Outback, mountain flying in the Himalayas and to the frozen wastes of Arctic Siberia, to experience first-hand how aircraft have enabled people to make a life in such remote places.


Arthur’s equal passion for military history led to his role as a reporter for the widely acclaimed two-part series “D-Day As It Happened”, followed by the documentary “The Plane That Saved Britain”. The film centred on Arthur’s love for the de Havilland Mosquito and led to his being named as a ‘Breakthrough Brit’ and nominated for a Grierson award for best documentary presenter.


“I’ve had the privilege of flying with many different pilots, in a wide array of different aeroplanes, but I can’t wait to help fly the flag for the LAA! I’m really passionate about flying and general aviation and so to be asked is a huge honour, especially to work beside someone as brilliant as Lauren, who is fantastic!


"I’ve got some big projects on the radar, all about sharing that love of flight. I’m working on a 4-part series for More4 and Channel 4 exploring the world of British airfields. I’ll be flying myself all over the country in my Piper Cub, finding out about these fascinating sites and what goes on in and around them. Hopefully along the way I’ll be able to wave the flag for the LAA. I know I’ll get to meet some really interesting characters and delve into a world that is as diverse as Britain itself. "


“Arthur’s credentials speak for themselves” says LAA CEO Steve Slater. “His commitment to and passion for flying is obvious and it makes him a perfect ambassador for the LAA. With Lauren and Arthur we have the perfect team to reach out to new, younger members and to ignite the imagination of our regulars.”

 

April 2017