Airplane Pilot Portrait
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Alex

Captain A320

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Experience

Most Recent Aircraft Type:

Training Route

Aviation Specific Degree:

Languages:

Location:

Captain 8500hrs T

A320

CPL 250H

B.a Aviation Management

English

Australia

Additional Experience/Qualifications:

MHFA, Grade One Instructor rating, Airline cadet training

Passions, Interests and Experience:

Avid photographer, passion for fast jets ,fast cars and slow whisky.

Why did you want to become a pilot?

Originally wanted to be a fast jet pilot, unfortunately I am too tall so I pursued the civilian route via instruction and charter around Australia. I love to travel.

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

For the most part training was ok. There are always going to be difficult moments, as there should be. If you find it a breeze you are not training hard enough!

What was most challenging?

The initial exposure can be a steep learning curve, to the culture of what is expected of an aviator. Apart from the exams, studying a Batchelor’s Degree concurrently with learning to fly, was fairly difficult, and an exercise in time management

What do you enjoy most about your job?

The View mostly. Also solving the challenges presented daily. They dynamic aspect of flying is also pretty cool, being able to move 70 + tons of metal around the sky with relative ease.

What is most challenging about your job?

Apart from the early starts and variable shift times, mostly its working out how to fix weird issues in the day also known as managing the grey

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

Being an Airbus pilot, Aircraft Flight Path Management (Automation & Control) is a very important consideration, anticipating the what is it doing now question. However for me I tend to like looking at the Problem solving and decision making competency hence I enjoy reading accident reports and looking at what can be learnt from others past mistakes to be done better in my own cockpit.