In 1979, as a flying-mad teenager, I spent a weekend at Biggin Hill, going through aircrew selection to fly Sea Harriers for the Fleet Air Arm.
I felt like an Ace amongst Aces passing my Pilot's Co-ordination and Pilot's Maths, along with Navigator's Coordination - but failed Navigator's Maths by 3%. I was advised to re-apply a year later - but decided to go motor racing instead.
My love of aviation never went away - in-fact it grew stronger over the years.
Today I have ratings for four different helicopter 'types' - and three 'fixed wing'. I also hold a helicopter 'Night Rating', and am on course to qualify for my professional drone pilot's licence, so able to undertake commercial filming projects from January onwards.
I have hundreds of flying hours logged in all kinds of aircraft, all over the World. In Los Angeles I flew a Bell Jet Ranger for the traffic reporter for KISS FM; from Majorca I delivered an R44 helicopter to the UK, crossing the Pyrenees in the process. I've completed two Robinson factory safety courses, a mountain flying training - in short, 'I fly, and I know things'.
"We chose Steve Deeks to be the face of The Racing Line because frankly there was no one else for the job. Steve has been the face of UK motorsport for over a decade and is the most professional presenter I've ever worked with. His knowledge of the business is unmatched. Thank you Steve, great job."
BRITISH TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVER
MANAGING DIRECTOR RACING LINE