After graduating from Edinburgh University in Scotland in 1985,
spent four years in the Royal Air Force where he completed his
flying training on Hawks and instructor qualification on Jet Provosts.
Afterfive months instructing at RAF Linton-on-Ouse in Yorkshire,
he was diagnosedwith Type 1 Diabetes in 1989 and was unable to
fly in the RAF.
Douglas subsequently left the RAF in 1989 and
changed his career to fund management. After gaining experience
with Schroder Investment Management Limited in London, he moved
to Thailand in 1996 where he was the Chief Investment Officer and
latterly the Chief Executive Officer of Schroder Asset Management
Limited, a joint venture in Bangkok.
In 1997, Douglas began flying again in Thailand
at the Thai Flying Club http://www.thaiflyingclub.com
- with a qualified flying instructor on board. In 1999, he discovered
that it was possible to obtain a US Medical licence to fly solo
privately in the USA by meeting certain medical requirements. He
obtained his US Private Pilot Licence (PPL) in December 2000. He
also gained a Special Pilot Licence in Australia in
February 2001 and validated his USA licence to fly in Thailand.
Ultimately Douglas wants to show that clinical
conditions such as Type 1 Diabetes should not limit the scope of
people's dreams and ambitions. He also wants to raise awareness
of Diabetes and show that a Type 1 Diabetic can safely fly around
the world by keeping blood sugar levels within the regulatory limits
prescribed by the US FAA.