Pilot mentoring service launches

A free mentoring service and website resource designed to provide support to cadet/graduate pilots across the training aviation community was launched at the end of May.

Named Resilient Pilot, the not for profit initiative offers free mentoring support for pilots across the industry, whether they are still undergoing training, have recently graduated, or are already employed.

According to Resilient Pilot founder, Senior First Officer Stuart beech, resilience is key in today’s airline 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.”

“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. The current climate demonstrates the full importance of this and why now, more than ever, there is a need for ‘Resilient Pilot’.”

Resilient Pilot co-founder Karen Bath FRAeS adds: 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.

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

Author: FTN Editor

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