Piltdown pilot writes series of children’s books

British Airways Captain, Rob Johnson, has swapped his airtime for story time as he launches a new series of children's books. Pictured with his characters Pilot Ollie and Pilot Polly - picture by Mike Midgen
British Airways Captain, Rob Johnson, has swapped his airtime for story time as he launches a new series of children's books. Pictured with his characters Pilot Ollie and Pilot Polly - picture by Mike Midgen

A British Airways Captain from Piltdown has swapped his airtime for story time as he launches a new series of children’s books.

The travels of Pilot Ollie and Pilot Polly are soon to be another success that Rob Johnson can add to his CV, after the books enter the market.

Despite joining British Airways straight from school as an engineering apprentice, Rob, has always wanted to share his travelling experiences, especially with his two sons Alfie, seven, and Woody, five.

Rob said: “Being a captain means I go away a fair bit, so when I come home my children want to know where I’ve been and what I’ve seen.

“I started to tell them my adventures through bedtime stories, and that’s how the whole idea came about.”

His children feature in the books along with characters based upon the professions of his airline colleagues.

Rob added: “All the characters are named after people that my boys know, so they can relate to the stories more and they love being involved. It’s all very personal to me, which adds to the stories.”

The books are written to be fun and educational for children.

Rob said: “I’ve been very lucky and I still get excited to travel, I absolutely love it.

“So if I can inspire and excite youngsters to do the same and to get the same feeling then that’s my aim.”

Since the decision to publish the books, the costs involved were soon brought to Rob’s attention.

However after deciding to start his own company, it allowed Rob to pursue his dream - and cut the costs.

Rob added: “It was a bit of an investment as well as a benefit to me.”

He is currently planning a new series of books with the Met Office – sharing the weather experiences that he faces as a pilot.The world is my oyster, so I wanted to put this into my books and inspire other people.”

The travels of Pilot Ollie and Pilot Polly are available to buy online or in The Mint House Shop, Hurstpierpoint. For more information go to www.planecharacters.com

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