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Dave H

SFO

Airline Pilot Experience:

Boeing, Embraer, Bombardier

Most Recent Aircraft Type:

Boeing 757/767

Training Route:

Modular ATPL

Aviation Specific Degree:

Languages:

English

Location:

UK

Additional Experience/Qualifications:

Flight Data Monitoring

Passions, Interests and Experience:

Why did you want to become a pilot?

I have always been interested in aviation since my younger years spent living next to an RAF base and time spent in the air cadets. Flying was always something I planned to do

How did you fund your training?

Self-funded through working/saving.

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

It was both challenging and rewarding in equal measure.

What was most challenging?

ATPL Theory via distance learning whilst working full-time.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

The satisfaction of safely delivering our passengers to their destination and the teamwork with colleagues to make it happen

What is most challenging about your job?

Managing rest and balancing home life around a busy roster.

Workload management and Situational awareness. Continuously building your awareness and taking care of tasks when workload is low helps to free up spare capacity. It’s an ever evolving exercise and rewarding when it comes together.

My main areas of interest are Flight Safety and Personal Competency development. As Pilots we never stop learning and any opportunity to discuss or review should never be missed. I enjoy scenario based discussions to help build operational resilience, and reflection on past events to shape future performance.

I am currently an SFO with a UK airline. Aviation is my second career, having previously been involved in subsea engineering within the oil and gas sector. I completed my ATPL training via the modular pathway over a three year period, whilst working full-time. I used a variety of training providers, completed my ATPL theory subjects via distance learning and also spent some time flying skydivers prior to joining my first airline. I was then fortunate to have the opportunity to complete three type-ratings, across a relatively short time period which whilst being a challenge it was rewarding to experience some very different aircraft

Why do you want to become a mentor for Resilient Pilot?

When I was going through my initial pilot training I didn’t know anyone involved in aviation. Having a resource like Resilient Pilot would have been very useful at various stages of the journey.

I understand the challenges and hurdles of the journey to ATPL, gaining that important first job as a pilot and subsequently type rating and beyond.

What do you believe you can offer your mentees?

As a Mentor, I will work with you to help us get the most out of our sessions. Whether you are still going through training, already flying the line or anything in between.