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About Dr Mckenzie

Aviation Medicine

I joined the Royal Air Force in 1983, after completing my medical training in Auckland, New Zealand.  I acquired my knowledge and experience in Aviation Medicine serving at the  RAF Aviation Medicine Training Centre at North Luffenham, the Royal Air Force Institute of Aviation Medicine at Farnborough in Hampshire where I was awarded a PhD in physiology from Imperial College.

This was followed by a posting with the Armstrong Laboratory at Brooks Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas working as an exchange officer for the USAF. During this time I was appointed as a consultant in Aviation Medicine to the Royal Air Force. I returned to the RAF Institute of Aviation Medicine in 1993 as the Head of the Biomechanics Division.

General Practice and Pharmacuticals

I returned to General Practice in 1994, initially at RAF Hospital Wegberg and then after retiring from the RAF, in Boston, Lincolnshire. I obtained the Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners on completion of this training but elected to spend eight years in the pharmaceutical industry working for Pfizer before returning to General Practice where I am now the Managing Partner at Pencester Surgery in Dover.


I started learning to fly in New Zealand when I was 16. My first aircraft was a share in a Piper Cub. I then rebuilt a Taylor Monoplane and flew this before moving to the UK. Shortly after arriving in the UK I purchased a Tipsy Nipper using it to compete in British Aerobatic Association competitions. While in the USA I brought a Pitts Special S1S which I then imported back to the UK.  I am currently a member of one aircraft group flying an Extra 400 and an active pilot and member of the Lydd Aeroclub.  I have recently completed an instrument rating.