September 30, 2010
Landmine detection specialists Mineseeker Operations have recruited an aviation expert to join their UK management team.
Former Senior RAF Test Pilot Richard Trueman has been appointed Operations Director for the company, which is poised to demonstrate a ground-breaking landmine detection system in Croatia shortly.
Richard’s operational experience in the RAF was in the support helicopter role flying the Puma helicopter including extensive night vision goggle operations and where he received a commendation for a night rescue mission.
He was subsequently a test pilot with the UK Flight Test centre at Boscombe Down flying Merlin, Chinook, Sea King, Lynx, Puma and Bell412 aircraft.
After leaving the RAF and qualifying with a UK Airline Transport Pilots Licence for helicopters, Richard joined McAlpine Helicopters (now Eurocopter UK) as the deputy chief test pilot working on Ec120, Ec135, As350 and As355 helicopters. He conducted production and modification flight testing of many Eurocopter aircraft in the UK, including police and air ambulance helicopters.
Subsequent roles included as a senior consultant for a corporate risk assessor involved in corporate flight safety, due diligence and business development, and as a senior test pilot for Agustawestland. During this position Richard was responsible for the operation of an 18 month multi-site overseas trial tasked to develop the engines and cockpit of the AW101 helicopter and he also acted as a pilot advisor to Agustawestland engineers developing rotorcraft controls and cockpits. He also conducted flight testing of the Puma, Lynx and Wildcat helicopters.
“Richard’s experience of the aviation industry speaks for itself,” said Mineseeker Operations Executive Chairman Mike Kendrick.
“Mineseeker’s unique ground penetrating radar system will primarily be deployed on Robinson 44 helicopters and Richard’s considerable expertise in leading edge rotary wing aircraft and their associated equipment will prove invaluable to us – we’re delighted to have him on board, especially as he joins us at a crucial time prior to our first international demonstration of the Mineseeker system.”
Richard, who has relocated to south Shropshire with his family, added: “It’s great to be a part of the Mineseeker Operations team, doing something extremely positive to help rid the world of a problem that has for many years maimed and killed innocent people”.
“I’m extremely pleased that I can add my experience within the aviation industry to this massively worthwhile enterprise.”