First Flight crew of the A350XWB, L-R, Guy Magrin, Emanuele Costanzo, Peter Chandler, Patrick Du Che, Fernando Alonso, Pascal Vernau
As a teenager, he joined a local Air Cadets programme and had the opportunity to fly light aircraft. Later, he flew more regularly as he studied aeronautical engineering at Southampton University in England. After receiving his degree, he joined the Royal Air Force in 1975, where he principally flew ground-attack aircraft. Wanting to become a test pilot, he applied for and was accepted into the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base in California. After graduation, Peter spent the rest of his RAF career as a test pilot and instructor.
Leaving the RAF in 1994, Peter went to work as a commercial airline pilot specialising in long-haul flights on Airbus A340s. He joined Airbus as a test pilot in 2000.The chief test pilot for Airbus’ civil programmes since 2008, Peter was deeply involved in the development and testing of the A380, just as he has been for the A350 XWB.