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Most Recent Aircraft Type:

Aviation Specific Degree:




Captain A319/320/321

Self Improver




Additional Experience/Qualifications:

Passions, Interests and Experience:

Why did you want to become a pilot?

Was always a childhood dream ever since being able to visit the flight deck during a holiday flight (in the days when you could).

How did you fund your training?

I funded my training in stages. Initially working for my local flying club, then as a PPL instructor and doing some air taxi work.

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

It was pretty hard work. The old self-improver route required a lot more hours than today’s modular or integrated routes. It took many more years to have enough experience to join my first airline.

What was most challenging?

Getting that first break with an airline. Once I was finally qualified in the late 90s, there was a recession with very few job opportunities and plenty of knock-backs along the way, but it was all very much worth it in the end.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I enjoy the challenge of managing the day to day operation as well as working with and getting to know a wide variety of fantastic people from all sorts of backgrounds. And also the views!

What is most challenging about your job?

As a Captain its often more about managing the day than actually flying the aircraft. Slots, delays, passengers issues and weather can all have their challenges

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

I’m interested in all the competencies as they create a great set of skills, but for me Leadership & Teamwork would be top of the list. The ability to use all resources available and create a safe effective team is critical in the day-to-day operation of a commercial aircraft.

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