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Rodrigo

Captain

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Airline Pilot Experience:

Most Recent Aircraft Type:

Training Route:

Aviation Specific Degree:

Languages:

Location:

Business Aviation (Captain, TRI/TRE), African Bush Pilot, Aerial Survey, Ferry Pilot, and Flight Instructor (airplane and simulator)

C208B – Cessna Grand Caravan EX

University

Post-Graduation, Specialist in Aviation Safety and Continued Airworthiness; Post-Graduation, Specialist in Aeronautical Maintenance Engineering; Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Sciences

English and Portuguese

East Africa

Additional Experience/Qualifications:

Airplane CPL: EASA, FAA, ANAC-BR, TCAA, KCAA; Helicopter PPL. Train-the-Trainer and Aviation Safety/Quality Auditor

Passions, Interests and Experience:

Aviation Talent, Transferable Skills, Mentoring

Why did you want to become a pilot?

Simply put, I couldn’t picture myself doing anything else. Whilst I’m unable to indicate precisely when it all began, I can certainly recount being a kid outside looking at planes in the sky and nurturing the desire and mindset of becoming an airman. After school classes, I would make my way to a small airfield in my city to breathe aviation. I first flew in 2016, and the love (and the challenges) are still here!

How did you fund your training?

Change, grief and loss is inevitable in life for everyone and can be difficult and lonely to navigate. Pilots are not immune to this and the Pandemic has also shown how much change, loss and grief the Aviation Community have to deal with. In a Profession and Industry where it might be difficult or considered a risk to talk about how you feel, I want to offer support.

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

My coaching approach lends itself to helping people with difficult change that often involves loss and grief, that affects how you feel, your mood, sleep, motivation, relationships, decisions and the overall quality of your life and work. I help people with how they feel and how they move

What was most challenging?

Learning that aviation has its own time. The aviation industry is a pendulum swinging due to a multitude of factors such as economy, politics, currencies, pandemic outbreaks, and uncountable more. Better than using my wording, I will translate my perception of what was the most challenging by citing a prominent Brazilian professor. It is learning “to do your best with the conditions you have, while you don’t have better conditions to do an even better job” Prof. Dr. Mario Sérgio Cortella.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Unquestionably, seeing the progress and professional maturation in the younger pilots, I somehow have the opportunity to collaborate in advancing theoretical and practical aeronautical knowledge.

What is most challenging about your job?

Potentially, long periods not flying! However, I genuinely enjoy my time up in the air flying and brainstorming critical aviation thinking with my crew.

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

I firmly believe that integration of Aeronautical Decision-Making skills and the practical command of tangible Safety I and II competencies forge a more assertive airman, ready to deal with real-life scenarios that might not have been yet portrayed in the manuals or SOPs.

Additional info

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

Just as love, knowledge is worthless if we can’t share it forward.

What do you believe you can offer your mentees?

It’s about exchanging ideas, elevating critical thinking, raising the methodic doubt, sharing the knowledge, learning from each other, brainstorming aviation, enhancing aeronautical capabilities with aligned goals, and of course, having fun and flying safer!