Matt B

Airbus Training Captain

Head of Standards 

Previous airlines:    Aero K, SAS, Avianca, Fastjet, easyJet, Royal Brunei and numerous others through my time with Airbus

Additional roles: Quite a few years spent in the Airbus Corporate Jet world. Most recently set up an airline in the Far East from scratch through to AOC.


Do you speak any other languages? I know felicitations in many languages!


Airline training route:  A residential course in Australia in the mid 80s, the pre-cursor to modular training


ATOs worked for: CTC, CAE and Airbus


Why did you want to become a pilot?

 It’s in the genes. My grandfather was a RAAF instructor in WWII. I have a picture of him doing his first solo in a Gypsy Moth, Essendon (Melbourne) in 1926.


How did you fund your training? 

Through good luck, it’s a long story but all self-funded.


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

 It’s a challenge, but I breezed through it because I was passionate about it. I had finally found my niche.


What was most challenging? 

TRI type specific courses, for sure! You realise how little you know about the aircraft you fly.


What do you enjoy most about your job? Training


What is most challenging about your job?

 Unsociable hours and long stints away from home.


Which Pilot Competencies are of most interest to you?

 They all are because they are intrinsically linked. However, Communication is the one that binds them all together. Without good communication in a multi-crew environment, all other competencies will suffer to some degree.


What else? 

I’ve been in aviation for 35 years and never before have we faced such a challenge; it is unprecedented. However, the desire, and need, to travel is still there. The industry will bounce back. And I am looking forward to continuing to train and mentor our current pilot community as we navigate our way through this period, as well as the next generation of pilots.

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