Chris Long joined the Royal Air Force (RAF)at the age of 19 via the Royal Air Force College, which was then the UK air force academy. He acquired qualifications as aircraft commander and instructor/examiner variously on single, twin and four jet aircraft. After joining BAe Systems, Chris worked as a Standards pilot at both the King Faisal Air Academy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and then the British Aerospace Flying College (BAeFC), and later as Director Sales and Marketing. After leaving BAe Systems, Chris became a consultant for major aerospace players, including an aircraft manufacturer, airline, entities based in Europe and the Gulf, as well as two projects on Aviation Safety for the European Commission. He has also been engaged as a Moderator of ICAO Training Conferences, and is a Liveryman of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots, based in London, and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.
Since 2001 Chris has been the European Editor for CAT magazine and has reported on a wide range of global training disciplines, organisations and airlines. He has embraced the role of Conference Chair at over a dozen Halldale major training conferences in Asia, including APATS and AAETS.