Stu

Senior First Officer - A380

Airline Pilot Experience:

FO/SFO

Most Recent Aircraft Type:

Airbus

Training Route:

Integrated ATPL

Aviation Specific Degree:

Yes

Languages:

English

Location:

UK

Additional Experience/Qualifications:

MHFA, EMCC, Business, Peer Support

Passions, Interests and Experience:

Wellbeing, Pilot Competencies, Mentoring, Coaching, Aviation Training, Evidence Based Training, Competency Based Training, CRM/TEM, Sleep/Fatigue, Project Wingman

Why did you want to become a pilot?

My Grandad used to take me to The Airport Hotel at the threshold of what was then Runway 23 at Manchester Airport every Saturday afternoon. We would go to watch the BA 747 Classic depart for Islamabad. I got hooked! Dad bought me a flying lesson at age 11 and a family friend who was a 757 Captain for Caledonian Airways, invited me on a return trip to Alicante just before 9/11. All these experiences culminated in a great passion to fly.

How did you fund your training?

With HSBC Pro Study unsecured loan in collaboration with CTC 2006

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

Having to relocate to NZ was exciting but also a real change for a northern family man. The volume of information to absorb was very intense coupled with my world literally being turned upside down. However, I learned to adapt and create a structure involving good habits to manage the workload, and it turned out to be a very enjoyable challenge over 18 months.

What was most challenging?

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I really love interacting with our customers and, on the odd occasion, may give them a little song. Our role is far more than managing the flight deck: We must inspire our next generation and instil confidence in our customers to create an enjoyable experience.

What is most challenging about your job?

Jet lag has a significant impact on our performance. Managing sleep and maintaining fitness is key to counteracting the negative effects of time-zone changes and flying through the night. Well-being is at the heart of ensuring we are resilient when the time comes that requires intense alertness and performance.

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

All nine competencies are of equal importance, but I think communication is linked throughout. Effective and efficient communication is key to ensuring good performance.

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