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Published on May 27th, 2020 | by Mark Dwyer

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Resilient Pilot – A New Initiative Offering Volunteer Peer Support And Mentoring

A free mentoring service and website designed to provide a ‘one-stop-shop’ to support pilots across the training aviation community has been launched recently. In the wake of the current climate, pilots across the pilot community have found themselves grounded, furloughed or displaced: ‘Resilient Pilot’, a ‘not for profit’ initiative, offers free mentor support for pilots across the community – whether still in training, recently qualified or experienced – from a team of volunteer pilots.

Resilience is key in today’s industry; it’s a vital characteristic for pilots and a ‘buzz word’ in airline recruitment and training. In the absence of the support of the normal working and training environment, ‘Resilient Pilot’ aims to provide important, industry connections and support to those pilots who seek it who may have found themselves in a period of furlough or displacement, or whilst awaiting employment opportunities.

Announcing the launch of the website ‘Resilient Pilot’ founder, Senior First Officer Stuart Beech says “Our goal is to provide peer support through mentoring, and – ultimately – an extensive, independent resource library to help pilots remain connected and develop strategies to maintain competency and confidence. Wellbeing is at the heart of our model and we are focused on helping our colleagues to build and maintain resilience during this period of uncertainty. This week is Mental Health Awareness Week which calls upon everyone to encourage each other to talk and be kind. The current climate demonstrates the full importance of this and why now, more than ever, there is a need for ‘Resilient Pilot’.”

Co-founder of ‘Resilient Pilot’, Karen Bath FRAeS continues “Our mentors are all volunteers who are equally passionate about our industry and determined to help the pilot community remain connected. None of us professes to be an expert. ‘Resilient Pilot’ is not about casting opinions or telling people what to do. We are about championing best practice and signposting useful resources to suit the needs of the pilot community. If we can’t help, we will do our best to find someone – or something – who can.”

In the first of a series of regular free webinars hosted by ‘Resilient Pilot’, John Strickland – a leading commentator on the airline sector for media worldwide including the BBC, Bloomberg and CNN – will deliver a 30-minute update on ‘The Future of the Aviation Industry’ followed by questions. Places on the webinar are limited and must be pre-booked via the ‘Resilient Pilot ‘website www.resilientpilot.com  

For more information, to register for updates and to connect with a ‘Resilient Pilot’ mentor, visit www.resilientpilot.com

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Mark Dwyer

Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.



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