What ever you do, do it with passion

It wasn't until my first helicopter tour in 2016 that I discovered an unimaginably deep passion for flight, prompting me to reassess everything. A year later, I followed heart over head and quit my 20-year career in favour of mastering the art and science of helicopters; receiving my commercial helicopter pilot licence in late 2018. Determined to deepen my skills and understanding, I began trading her business skills for advanced training and mentoring with one of the world's most talented action-film pilots, David Adamson of Specialist Helicopters. Keen to explore the further possibility of flight, I set myself a goal to circumnavigate Australia by Jetpack. In 2020, after a year of planning, I began flight training on the world's only FAA-approved jetpack at Jetpack Aviation in LA, and on Gravity Industries' record-breaking Jetsuit in UK.

“Pursuing my new-found passion came with deep personal and financial sacrifices, but every airborne moment confirms it was a decision well made.”

Helicopters, Jetpacks & Crazy Adventures:
How We Made It Happen.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Important: the below opinions are for ideation purposes only.
Always seek professional advice from your flight instructor and/or Chief Pilot where flight is concerned.

Not all schools are equal, and your choice is likely to impact on your chances of securing a job in future.  But sadly, there isn’t an easy way to establish this.

There are, however, things worth checking…

Future employment potential: contact prospective future employers to ask which schools they tend to hire from and/or how likely they are to hire past students of your shortlisted school(s)

Flight-time building: becoming a charter pilot is the most typical way of building the hours required for more technical pilot work. If you’re planning to do this, ask your flight school candidate(s) what your chances are of employment with them on completion of CPL(H) training. 

Safety (for you, your loved ones, and passengers) Scenario-based training is proven to be more effective in reducing future errors than task-based training.  Ask your flight school candidates how they run their training – are you just going to learn specific manoeuvres in logical sequence, or are they going to give you scenarios that involve manoeuvres in a more dynamic way – and how much time do they allocate to briefing and debriefing (an essential part of recall and learning)? Emergencies: the more realistic the training, the better. But of course, the inherent risk requires highly experienced instructors…. and with instruction being a way to build hours, many schools unsurprisingly manage the risk [of less experienced instructors] by only training with power-recovered emergencies that don’t  get executed to the ground (ie, you’ll go through it all except the critical last few seconds).  The alternative is to get advanced emergency training immediately after your licence, to ensure you know the subtle but critical differences that could save your life and/or the helicopter in an emergency.    

Final thought: getting your first gig fresh out of flight school is notoriously challenging – make sure you set realistic expectations and research ahead of time, to give yourself the best possible chance.

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