SFO - A320
Airline Pilot Experience:
Most Recent Aircraft Type:
Aviation Specific Degree:
Lecturer, CRM/TEM, CV/Cover Letter Writing, Evidence Based Training
Passions, Interests and Experience:
Wellbeing, Mentoring, Pilot Competencies, Peer Support, Transferable Skills, Aviation Psychology
Why did you want to become a pilot?
My father was ex RAF national service so I was interested in aircraft as a child because he was interested in spotting/displays/private flying.
How did you fund your training?
I did a PPL/IMC/night then got a partial sponsorship in 1990.
Was training a breeze or did you find it a challenge?
A challenge of course.
What was most challenging?
The constant test pressure and review boards. 64 written tests and 7 flight tests, then type ratings, sim checks, line checks etc.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Manual handling flying of course.
What is most challenging about your job?
Having to keep proving yourself all the time, unsocial, long hours, jetlag.
Which Pilot Competencies are of most interest to you and why?
Decision making/workload management. So easy to get things wrong but when done right makes a big difference.
Why do you want to become a mentor for Resilient Pilot?
Having previously been through many setbacks myself, for example an enforced 2 year gap in my aviation career in the 90’s as well as multiple airline failures and a covid redundancy, I discovered I have the resilience to always bounce back. I also have great empathy for others similarly affected and want to help them if I can.
What do you believe you can offer your mentees?
I have studied aviation mental health, aviation psychology and human factors during my time as an airline flight safety specialist so have a wide understanding of the stressors applicable.
I can offer the benefits of my past experiences, my beliefs things will get better, and my philosophy on sense purpose and other coping strategies for health, finances, maintaining competencies and regulatory compliance ready for the recovery