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International Pilots' Day - April 26th 2023


  1. What are you most proud of in your career?
    Graduating from ETPS as a test pilot.
  2. What are your words of advice to any aspirational pilot?
    It requires commitment, but it is eminently achievable and is very rewarding.
  3. How long did it take to become a qualified pilot?
    3 years (military training).
  4. What skills and qualities are important in becoming a pilot?
    It is a blend of mental and physical demands, attention to detail, resilience and above all integrity.
  5. What qualifications did you need to become a pilot?
    Varies depending on the route. The qualifications I needed to become a military pilot were different to becoming a civilian pilot.
  6. Is there a moment of high pressure/stress you can remember from your time as a pilot? If so, what was it?
    There have been quite a few, particularly during my time in the RAF on operations. Fortunately, the training I have been given always kept me well prepared to deal with them.
  7. Has the industry changed much during your career? If so, have you had to adapt?
    The types of aircraft and their systems have advanced but the skills required to complete a flight safely and effectively have remained the same. It is still very much a human endeavour.
  8. What makes ETPS a special place to learn?
    The varied background of staff and students training at a high level in such a fascinating area.