Captain Embraer E170/E190
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Aviation Specific Degree:
Captain, First Officer & single pilot general aviation
Privately funded, non-integrated CPL, ATPL & MECIR
Registered Nurse, Peer Support Volunteer / Coordinator, Airline Health
Passions, Interests and Experience:
: Peer support and helping those who are finding it challenging to make their way into the industry
Why did you want to become a pilot?
I was born in Alice Springs when my father working there as a medical practitioner with the Royal Flying Doctor Service. I grew up listening to him tell stories of flying to outback cattle stations and remote aboriginal communities across the centre desert country. While I was always interested in the medical side, it was the flying part of these stories that connected with me deeply and pushed me towards wanting to experience these types of situations for myself.
Was training a breeze or did you find it a challenge?
A bit of both. I've always been good at theoretical learning, however I found the motor skill component much more challenging.
What was most challenging?
With only limited time 'per flight' and the dynamic situations presented by the 'inflight classroom', I always felt that I needed more time to get comfortable with mastering manoeuvres before moving on, but rarely had that opportunity.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
The camaraderie between the crew, finishing a big day but knowing that I've gotten the job done as best I can, and the mental lift from the freedom that flying every day brings.
What is most challenging about your job?
The days where disruptions come thick and fast from every direction and it's down to you and your team to make the best decisions to get the job done. When there isn't a 'right' answer to those problems, just 'your' answer.
Which of the Pilot Competencies are of most interest to you and why
Leadership and Teamwork, Problem Solving, and Self-Management and Continuous Learning. I feel that these competencies were not taught well when I learned to fly many years ago, and I’ve had to deliberately work hard on them over the years, especially while airline flying.