Cliff is a senior first officer with a Major UK Airline on
one of its newest jets the 787 Dreamliner.
He has a passion for flying from an early age, although his
earlier career was spent as an apprentice at the Ford Motor Company and then a
Project Engineer covering Electrical/Software/Robot engineering in major
automotive brands. However his drive, focus and determination was always to
become a pilot.
After self funding his pilots license and passing all
necessary exams his first commercial flight was with Aer Arran (Irish regional
airline), where he flew ATRs from Dublin and Galway to Ireland regions and into
the UK. After this the jets got bigger, the cattle slightly less and eventually
he applied and was selected to join a Major UK Airline.
After initially flying the Airbus A320 Cliff has continued
his personal development and now fly’s the
fleet of 787’s across the world, including the recently arrived B787-900
with the new First Class.
Although the current jets are technologically advanced its
Cliff’s every decision and calculation on a minute-by-minute basis that carries
over 215 people safely back and forth over the Atlantic or Siberia, therefore
every decision is a critical one. He therefore has acute awareness of people’s decision-making
processes and the consequences of these.
Its these decisions that impact on people’s lives, from lost
luggage to engine issues to landing in fog, every decision is critical and
everyone has an impact on how the airline remain competitive minute by minute,
if not second by second. When not flying the plastic jet he spends his time
huddled over his laptop thrashing the keyboard and working on some project from
embedded systems to .Net.
Personal challenges are always part of Cliff’s spare time
and as well as continuing to design computer software he is busy with family
life of 3 Boys and 2 dogs and is also a keen cyclist, with the Alps Passporte’s
challenge as next year’s goal.