Andrew Hill denies manslaughter by gross negligence (photo: PA).
Andrew Hill, the pilot whose plane crashed at the 2015 Shoreham Show, killing 11 men, dismissed claims that he had already had a "cavalier attitude" toward planes .
The 1950s Hawker Hunter fighter collapsed on the ground and exploded in a fireball on the A27 in West Sussex after Hill attempted a loop on 22 August.
Mr. Hill, 54, of Sandon, Buntingford, Hertfordshire, denies 11 counts of manslaughter by gross negligence.
The trained instructor of the Royal Air Force is on trial in the Old Bailey and his lawyer, Karim Khalil, QC, asked if he was a "rider" pilot.
"I would say that I was probably one of the least requested people, as far as there is a way to go and some people are, others not," he replied. Mr. Hill.
"I think I've taken a very structured and disciplined approach [display flying]. "
He told the court that he was sometimes detained by flights with which he was not comfortable.
"We have our strengths and our weaknesses," he said.
Prosecutors had previously told the court that the accident was due to a "pilot error" and that although Mr. Hill was normally considered "prudent and competent", he had taken "risks" in the past , suggesting that he sometimes had "a tendency to not follow the rules". perhaps had a "more cavalier attitude to security than it was appropriate".
With respect to his final presentation, Mr. Hill denied having any intention to hurt anyone.
Hill says he had a "cognitive impairment" shortly before the accident and does not remember what happened.
He was ejected from the plane in flames and told the doctors that he "had fainted in the air" after being found with blood on his face, lying in the undergrowth near the cockpit.
After the accident, Mr. Hill was rushed to hospital with serious injuries and was plunged into a coma.
Mr. Hill had had medical examinations before the accident.
The tests and examinations carried out thereafter showed no sign of a health problem – including a cognitive impairment – that could have affected his health before the crash, the court said.
A graduate of Cambridge University, Hill joined the RAF, winning a Jet Provost competition. He was ranked among the most successful students.
In combat training, he spent a month on active duty in the 1990s to monitor air exclusion zones in northern Iraq.
Mr. Hill also began flying a Harrier – able to take off and land vertically – and won an award for his work and ideas on improving aircraft safety procedures, the court said. .
Then he embarked on civil aviation becoming a commercial pilot.
The trial continues.