Well, he passed out of the hallowed portals of Sleaford Tech, reaching the rank of Flying Officer - you pass out as a Pilot Officer - so he at least go that far.
He might be former ChairForce, but more power to his elbow for his mighty application and effort in getting as far as he has in his chosen sport. It's a great pity that Their Airships didn't keep such a highly-motivated bloke in the RFC, IMHO - the way they are cutting back on our defence makes you wonder whose side they might be on after all is said and done.
We are almost at the point that the RN finds itself, with one crew that can multi-task on any kind of ship we might have left. One each, pilot for one each, aircraft is not far off, if it hasn't already arrived while we weren't looking.