After completing his training in 1994, Andrew commenced employment with TVSA as an instructor and obtained his Grade two instructor rating.

Andrew’s career progression saw him gaining experience on Horn Island as a VFR multi engine pilot “specializing in suedo aircraft carrier landings on extremely short strips.” He then flew Aero Commanders out of Essendon on bank runs where he accrued crucial multi engine instrument time.

Rex was the springboard for Andrew’s airline career where he flew around country Victoria and South Australia in Metro 23’s (or as Andrew puts it, “in hot, noisy aircraft!”)

Andrew finally stepped upon a 737 flight deck with Virgin Blue a few years back and since then has been promoted to Captain. Andrew tends to play down his role by stating that his specialization is “autopilot engagement at 400 ft and coffee drinking at the Coogee Café when I’m in Sydney.” He would like to eventually obtain the role of a Check and Training Captain.

It’s easy to see that Andrew is loving life. Sitting in the left hand seat with 8,500 hours under his belt, he is enjoying the advantages of being an airline pilot. He enjoys the challenge of the job, the friendships he has made and the financial benefits most certainly do not go unnoticed!