B737 First Officer
Current base: Newcastle
Previous airlines: TAG Aviation Middle East, TAG Aviation UK, Atlantic Airlines
Previous roles: Formerly Line Training Captain, Flight Safety Officer, Post Holder Safety, Aviation Security Manager, Quality Assurance Manager, Auditor, Aviation Security Instructor
Airline training route: Modular ATPL
ATOs attended: International Flight Training Academy
Why did you want to become a pilot?
Life-long goal. I loved the idea of flying and travelling, seeing the world and operating an aircraft. I wanted to see the world and learn to fly something as technical as an aircraft
How did you fund your training?
Self-funded after RAF Flying Scholarship (20hrs of PPL)
Was training a breeze or did you find it a challenge?
I found the ground elements a challenge, but not too difficult. The actual flying was the most enjoyable, but also the most challenging.
What was most challenging?
Leaving corporate aviation to join a very different environment in the airlines. A big change and something which took some adjustment.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Working with a wide range of professionals from around the world and operating to interesting and challenging destinations.
What is most challenging about your job?
Dealing with delays and the occasional disruptive passenger: A very different set of challenges to my previous career in corporate aviation.
Which Pilot Competencies are of most interest to you?
Although all competencies are extremely important, having done both ground and flight training, I am very interested in the CRM side of training and particular leadership and teamwork.