Until recently Helen Krasner held a rotary Commercial Pilot's Licence and an Instructor's Rating for helicopters. She worked as a helicopter instructor for many years, instructing for various flying schools on Robinson R22s and R44s. She has also flown 30+ other helicopter types, had a private pilot's licence for aeroplanes, and had a go at flying microlights, gliders, and balloons.
Helen has been writing professionally for many years and now contributes regularly to a number of aviation publications and websites. Before becoming involved in aviation she walked 5,000 miles around the coast of Britain, gaining a 'Guinness Book of Records' entry. She wrote about this adventure in her first book 'Midges, Maps & Muesli', now available in both print and ebook formats. After she became a pilot she followed this up with two aviation books - 'The Helicopter Pilot's Companion', and 'Flying Helicopters - a Companion to the PPL(H)'. Helen was nominated for an Aerospace Journalist of the Year award in 2004, for an article about flying helicopters in Russia. She is also a former Newsletter Editor for the BWPA (British Women Pilots' Association).
Helen lives in a small village in Derbyshire in England, with a wonderful view of the Peak District. She has travelled extensively, and written a book about her travels - 'Travels on Seven Continents'. She shares her life with her partner David and their four cats, and she and David have collaborated on a book about David's travels on a narrowboat with his cat before they met, 'Travels With Cookie'. The cats have led to a further book about looking after the feline species, but they are no help whatsoever when it comes to writing; they think their job is to sit on the computer keyboard!
Find out more about Helen's books on her personal website, helenkrasner.com. She also has an aviation related website, www.must-fly.co.uk