James grew up as a single child with a Russian mother and an English father in Cambridgeshire, England. He was immediately surrounded by aviation from an early age as his father was ex-Royal Air Force now currently an Aviation Tour Manager and his mother used to be an interpreter for a Russian Flying school. At the age of 13 he enrolled in the RAF Air Cadets, a youth organization for aspiring young adults who wished to enter the armed forces or aerospace industry. At the same time, he started flying lessons in a C152 aiming to achieve his PPL, which is later did. He was successful in achieving and completing a gliding scholarship whilst within the Air Cadets. In January 2015 he left the Air Cadets to join CTC Aviation as a Trainee Commercial Pilot where currently he resides in New Zealand training for his CPL.
He has about two hours of flying "under his belt" and he has a collection of 40 plus airplane models, plus airline memorabilia, collectibles and hundreds of aviation photos. Now, Ryan mainly writes articles and collects avgeek stuff. He's had his head in the clouds for more than 16 years and will always look up when he hears a jet roar. In addition to writing and editing for AirlineGeeks, he volunteers as a Travelers Aid at Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C.
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