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David A

Captain - A380

Airline Pilot Experience:

FO/SFO, Captain, LTC, TRI

Most Recent Aircraft Type:

A380

Training Route:

Modular ATPL

Aviation Specific Degree:

No

Languages:

English

Location:

Dubai

Additional Experience/Qualifications:

Aviation training, Competency based training

Passions, Interests and Experience:

Wellbeing, Pilot competencies

Why did you want to become a pilot?

I had always been interested in aeroplanes. Living in Cumbria as a young lad, I used to see the vapour trails of the transatlantic flights pass overhead and thought I want to do that and how come they are flying north when my Altas says America is west!

How did you fund your training?

Whilst working- self funded.

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

It had its challenges: - Financially

- Repeating one exam
- Weather delays and work commitments

What was most challenging?

Studying for the written exams.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Variety- every day is different, constantly learning. The feeling of a job well done. Teamwork. Social aspect.

What is most challenging about your job?

Arranging sleep patterns.

Which of the pilot competencies are of most interest to you and why?

Communication. I feel this ties all the other competencies together, thus leading to a safe and successful outcome.

Additional info:

My airline provides mentoring flights for first officers who are approaching their upgrade, and I have been involved with those. I would also add that being a good captain and training captain, I think naturally provides mentoring and coaching where necessary.

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

I would like to become a mentor for Resilient Pilot because I have been impressed with the support Resilient Pilot has been able to offer other pilots and aviation related staff since the early days of covid.
Personally I have experience in HM Forces, medical commercial world and aviation. With these different experiences I have been able to connect and communicate with people from different walks of life who are interested in aviation and share my experiences.

My aviation experience has ranged from GA/PPL, through to an airline training captain on a wide body long haul jet. This has included turbo props, low cost, charter and short to medium range flying.
I feel I have the experience, open friendly communication skills to help people in an industry where I have also experienced the “ ups and downs.”

What do you believe you can offer your mentees?

I can offer my mentees a two way street of communication where I can share my experiences and possibly develop their skills and knowledge. I will be a positive roll model, compassionate, give guidance where possible and help the mentee to develop themselves by setting goals and targets where necessary. I want to see them succeed in their dreams and careers.