Current base: Ireland/Qatar
Previous airlines: easyJet and Ryanair
Additional roles: Line Training Captain, TRI/TRE
Uni degree? Mathematics and Theology
Do you speak any other languages? Italian
Airline training route: Modular ATPL. Done bit by bit as I could afford it!
I didn’t attend any in the beginning, instead I took lessons in various places in Ireland and around the US.
I have worked as an Instructor/Examiner with both CAE and what used to be CTC (now L3Harris).
Why did you want to become a pilot?
I was first on an aircraft when I was 8 and the whole experience blew me away. My decision was made! I later discovered that I was called after an uncle who’d been a Captain in the RAF.
How did you fund your training?
I worked as a Barman, Builder, Teacher and in Crewing eventually borrowing some money to finish off.
Was training a breeze or did you find it a challenge?
I found the written exams ok; but found learning to fly a bit tricky. I’m getting better, but there’s still room for improvement!
What was most challenging?
I can’t quite remember, but even now it can be a struggle to assimilate some procedures.
I do remember struggling with some things and beating myself up over them only to return later and successfully complete the task, but it could be a challenge not to get demoralised.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Every flight is different. There are so many variables (places, weather, people) that help keep things interesting.
What is most challenging about your job?
Fatigue can be a problem when doing through the night flying. It can be hard to get appropriate rest sometimes.
Which Pilot Competencies are of most interest to you?
Maybe Workload Management, as it’s something that needs constant attention. Being able to prioritise is important. That said, all the competencies are important – they’re there for a reason.
As an Instructor I have always taken an interest in the success of my students and work closely alongside them to ensure a successful training outcome.