B747 First Officer
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Passions, Interests and Experience:
Pilot Competencies, Mentoring, Coaching, Aviation Training
Why did you want to become a pilot?
I grew up in Northern Ireland and the trans-Atlantic flight path flew over our family home. Watching passing B747s ultimately ignited a fuse in me and I dreamed that one day I would fly commercial jets. From that point onward, I geared all my study, attention and passion into becoming a pilot. For my 16th birthday my parents bought me a flying lesson in a Cessna C172 which I flew over my grandfather’s home and which still ranks as one of my most memorable flights. In university I became a member of the university air squadron (LUAS) and post-university I joined CTC Aviation.
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Which Pilot Competencies are of most interest to you and why?
All nine competencies are very important aspects of being an effective pilot. My interest lies mostly in ‘Knowledge’ because I believe that we must aim to be continuously improving and developing ourselves. This extends into our personal lives as well as operating effectively in the flight deck.