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Matt B

Airbus Training Captain
Head of Standards

Airline Pilot Experience:

Captain, TRI/E, Management

Most Recent Aircraft Type:


Training Route:

Modular ATPL

Aviation Specific Degree:






Additional Experience/Qualifications:


Passions, Interests and Experience:

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

Why did you want to become a pilot?

It’s in the genes. My grandfather was a RAAF instructor in WWII. I have a picture of him doing his first solo in a Gypsy Moth, Essendon (Melbourne) in 1926.

How did you fund your training?

Through good luck, it’s a long story but all self-funded.

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

It’s a challenge, but I breezed through it because I was passionate about it. I had finally found my niche.

What was most challenging?

TRI type specific courses, for sure! You realise how little you know about the aircraft you fly.

What do you enjoy most about your job?


What is most challenging about your job?

Unsociable hours and long stints away from home.

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

They all are because they are intrinsically linked. However, Communication is the one that binds them all together. Without good communication in a multi-crew environment, all other competencies will suffer to some degree.

Additional info

I’ve been in aviation for 35 years and never before have we faced such a challenge; it is unprecedented. However, the desire, and need, to travel is still there. The industry will bounce back. And I am looking forward to continuing to train and mentor our current pilot community as we navigate our way through this period, as well as the next generation of pilots.