Dave

A380 Senior First Officer

ATO/s attended: CTC Aviation, Glasgow Nautical College


Why did you want to become a pilot?
I’d always loved travelling as a kid with the flight and cockpit visits being my
favourite bit, but never thought I could become a pilot as there was no clear route into aviation when I left school. After 5 years at Uni and a few desk jobs later, I got my ppl and my mind was made up almost instantly.


How did you fund your training?
HSBC Professional Studies Loan


Was training a breeze or did you find it a challenge?
Of course training was challenging. It required more application and determination than my degree. What was good about the challenge was the direct feedback. At Uni, you have to wait until your exams to find out how challenging the course is; whereas the flying
course provides immediate results and areas for improvement.


What was most challenging?
2 words: General Navigation.


What do you enjoy most about your job?
I like that no two days are the same. Each day/flight brings it’s own challenge. Very
rarely technical; more the CRM and people management aspects.

What is most challenging about your job?
Jet lag can be an issue with a young family. Kids are not too concerned if you’ve been up all night when they can’t find their football cards!

Anything further...?

BALPA asked me to get involved with the Pilot Connector role; I was a point of contact within the industry for people in the military, other companies, helicopters and flight school students.

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