Famous Pilots – Celebrities who have a Private Pilot’s Licence

Famous Pilots - Celebrities who have a PPL

If you find yourself doing a double take at someone who walks past you on the apron or in the aero club café it may be because they’re one of the famous pilots on this list of celebrities who have a Private Pilot’s Licence.  Celebrity pilots in the UK are not as rare as you might think and in general aviation the chances are your paths will cross at some point.

Of course the thing about flying is that it doesn’t matter whether you’re famous or not, whether you’ve got millions to spare or if you’ve had to scrimp and save for an hour’s flying; the thing that counts is airmanship, your attitude, and your skills.  Flying is a great leveller in that respect.  The consequences of errors don’t discriminate.

The list includes people from the world of music, sport, and entertainment as well as other walks of life, and it’s not know whether they are all still current license holders.  There are a lot of musicians in this list and you’ll probably notice that there are very few women though that has already begun to change as more women take up flying having been inspired by those who have lead the way and championed women in aviation, like Carol Vorderman.

In the USA there are pleny of familiar faces; Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Gisele Bundchen, Harrison Ford, John Travolta, Tom Cruise to name a few, but this list comprises UK Pilots.

If you can add to it or correct it in any way then please leave a comment beneath the post.

Famous Pilots

Celebrities with a Private Pilot’s Licence

Alain de Cadenet TV Presenter
Lord Alan Sugar Businessman
“We go around in circles. We look out of the window. People leave you alone. No one can get in touch with you, which is why I do it; peace and quiet. It’s escapism.”
~ Sir Alan Sugar, April 2007
Alex James FRSA Musician
Bruce Dickinson Musician
Carl Palmer Musician
Carol Vorderman MBE RAFVR Media Personality
Chris Evans TV Presenter
Dave Greenfield Musician
David Essex OBE Musician
David Gilmour CBE Musician
David Gower OBE Sportsman
Sir David Jason OBE Actor
David Rowntree Musician
Don Maclean KSS Actor, Comedian
Eddy Izzard Comedian
Gary Numan Musician
Iain Banks Author
Sir Ian Botham OBE Sportsman
Jack Dee Comedian
Jack Higgins Author
James Blunt Musician
James May TV Presenter
“I didn’t have too many problems [on the PPL course]. Well, apart from the radio. I was rubbish at that. I can’t get my head around being that curt. When I’m talking to people I always say hello, goodbye and thank you, how are you, that sort of thing.”
~ James May, August 2007
Jay Kay Musician
Jim Corr Musician
Joe Pasquale Comedian
“It’s amazing. It’s something different. There’s nothing like a Yak 52, especially compared to the PA28. It’s a different animal.”
~ Joe Pasquale, July 2007
John Reynolds Motorbike Champion
“I never thought I’d be able to master hovering a helicopter. There are just too many things to do.”
~ John Reynolds, July 2008
Keith Emerson Musician
Lembit Opik Politicians
Les Ferdinand MBE Sportsman
Martin Shaw Actor
Sir Michael Gambon CBE Actor
Michael Owen Sportsman
Mike Oldfield Musician
Mike Smith TV Presenter
Nicholas Lyndhurst Actor
Nick Mason Musician
Nigel Mansell CBE Sportsman
Noel Edmonds TV Presenter
Richard Hammond TV Presenter
Rick Wakeman Musician
Rory Underwood MBE Sportsman
Sir John Stevens Former Police Commissioner
Sir Norman Foster Architect
Stephen Fry Author
Willie Carson OBE Sportsman

Pilots in The Royal Family

The Duchess of York Royal Family
The Duke of Edinburgh Royal Family
The Duke of York Royal Family
Prince Harry Royal Family
Prince William Royal Family
The Prince of Wales Royal Family

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