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Ian Parker


Ian Parker

Ian Parker became an aerospace and defence journalist in 1980 on Flight International and started powered flying, after having flown gliders with the Air Cadets and at Loughborough University, where he studied aerospace and ergonomics. 

In 1985, Ian joined Shephard to launch Space magazine and later Aerospace Composites & Materials. He also edited Helicopter World and Defence Helicopter for Shephard. 

In 1998, he joined Phillips Publishing as European editor for a number of aerospace titles, before going freelance in 2001. 

Ian now writes for several titles on aerospace, defence and engineering. In the late 1990s, he became a CAA class rating instructor on the Yak18T and 52 for Richard Goode Aerobatics. Now, he flies a 1952 ex-Air Cadet T-21 glider, the first type he flew in 1971.