Derek

Airline (current/most recent): easyJet

Rank: TRAINING CAPTAIN

UK CAA Senior Examiner A320/A330   

 

Uni degree?

 No, although I completed 3 years of an MBA Programme in the early 90’s whilst waiting for a flying job, but never submitted a dissertation!! Because a flying job came along.

 

Airline training route: Self-Improver PPL/IR; CPL; ATPL

 

ATO/s attended:  Walker Air Training

 

Why did you want to become a pilot?

I didn’t initially, It was a work colleague who took me up in a C152 at Barton Aerodrome in 1988 that made me decide I wanted to fly Commercially

 

How did you fund your training? I paid for it myself

 

Was training a breeze or did you find it a challenge?

It was a challenge as I was the MD of a multi-million-pound Company whilst trying to Self-Study – PPSC Blue Books!!

 

What was most challenging? Time

 

What do you enjoy most about your job?

My job now is very mixed. As a UK Senior Examiner, TRE/TRI on both A320 and A330, a TRITS Tutor/Examiner I get to work with Pilots of all levels of experience from an MPL Cadet to examining a TRE with 30 years flying all present different challenges. It is these challenges that I thrive on, however, more importantly as a Trainer seeing Pilots grow through the process.

 

Which Pilot Competencies are of most interest to you?

All the competencies are as important as each other as they all interlink. Moving from a conventional training model to EBT, in my opinion, is where we need to be for the modern world of Aviation.

 

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