Gilles

Current location/base: Lisbon, Luxembourg, Paris CDG

Rank: TRAINING CAPTAIN, MANAGEMENT

Airline (current): Self-employed and freelance 

Previous airline/s: Air France (1990-2014), Luxair (1986-1990)

Previous/Additional role/s: TRI(A), TRE(A), SME, Consultant, Head of Project, Head of Department 

Uni degree?  MSc IATOM (Aerospace - International Air Transport Operations Management) 

Do you speak any other languages? French (native), German (intermediate), Luxembourgish (basic), Portuguese (basic) 

Why did you want to become a pilot? 

« Fais de ta vie un rêve, et d'un rêve, une réalité. » Antoine de Saint-Exupéry 

Was transitioning from an employed airline role to freelance a breeze or did you find it a challenge?

 A theoretical breeze and a practical challenge! But a rewarding and never regretted move. 

 

What was most challenging (and not anticipated, while transitioning to freelance)? 

Taming the sudden professional “isolation and loneliness”. 

What do you enjoy most about your job? 

Just about everything!
The satisfaction of helping Authorities, companies, peers or trainees achieve their goals or set targets is definitely a big driver.
Communicating, facing diversity, exploring human relations, anticipating and mitigating "threats", addressing the unexpected in total compliance, always learning and constantly self-improving are a few examples of my daily routines.
My passion for aviation, the pride of each successfully accomplished mission, inspired and motivated me to become a better professional, a better leader and a better person throughout the years. 

 

What is most challenging about your job? 

Always remaining a step ahead within an ever changing industry and regulatory environment. 

 

Which Pilot Competencies are of most interest to you? 

Communication, without a doubt.
Communication is not only the root of all Core Competencies, but also the only medium through which cognitive skills (NOTECHS, categories Situation Awareness, Decision Making and associated elements) may be assessed.
So yes, let's communicate! 

 

My message to you:
Dear colleagues, if you read these lines, it means that: 

  • You are open to Communication ✔

  • You took Leadership in shaping your future and are ready for some interesting Teamwork ✔

  • You initiated a Problem Solving and Decision Making process ✔

  • You are demonstrating good Workload Management and Situation Awareness ✔

What a great skills set and a positive mindset! You are a Resilient Pilot, shall we talk about it?
We all need help at some point and asking for support is a sign of strength, not of weakness, while certainly proving efficient resource management.
It is OK to not feel OK sometimes. 

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