Alex

Senior First Officer and Consultant Trainer - TRI/TRE A320/A330

Airline Pilot Experience:

FO/SFO

Most Recent Aircraft Type:

Airbus

Training Route:

Integrated ATPL

Aviation Specific Degree:

Yes

Languages:

English, Italian, German, Scandinavian

Location:

UK

Additional Experience/Qualifications:

Peer Support, RAeS

Passions, Interests and Experience:

Pilot Competencies, Aviation Training, Evidence Based Training, Competency Based Training, CRM/TEM

Why did you want to become a pilot?

Probably saw Star Wars aged 6 and flying aeroplanes seemed the closest thing I could manage to actually being Han Solo. Also I love engineering, science and big machines, as well as solving problems, working with people, and exploring.

How did you fund your training?

British Midland Part-sponsorship + graduate loan

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

I very much enjoyed training but put a lot of pressure on myself to achieve, so I understand the stress that trainees or any pilots can find themselves under, at different stages of their careers.

What was most challenging?

Coming to terms with failure, or lack of instant success, and instead recognising it as a normal part of the learning and development process.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I’m quite a social person so enjoy being able to share the best things about flying with a crew and col- leagues; I like travel and exploration, and the chance to do something rather special as a career. Being able to participate in the training of fellow pilots has been a career highlight so far, in being able to support and guide colleagues to succeed, and hopefully share some the enthusiasm I have for aviation.

What is most challenging about your job?

Long-haul flying - physical cost of jet-lag & night flying, and the impact of time away from family. Training - trying to be the ‘critical friend’ needed by pilots sometimes; finding ways to provide the feedback needed for positive change in the long run, even though it may be.

Which of the Pilot Competencies are of most interest to you and why?

I don’t think any particular ‘competency’ in the ICAO model has overall importance or significance - they are all linked. You can’t hand fly accurately under high workload, to manage your workload you need good teamwork, knowledge, and SA; and everything is tied together with communication of one form or another. I’m a big fan of how competency-based training is used to identify the root causes of performance (good or bad) - it doesn’t really matter which competency you focus on, as long as you gain insight into the root cause in the end (and use this knowledge to improve).

Additional info

Whilst with easyJet I was a Peer Support Volunteer and I am a current member of the Royal Aeronautical Society (MRAeS).

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