THE head of Gama Aviation’s Jersey fleet has been presented with a ‘master aviator’ award.
Captain Tim Pedley gained the award through additional training with FlightSafety International, which has been running the programme since 2015 to help pilots react with the safest response to a range of ‘demanding’ and ‘unexpected’ situations – as well as giving them a deeper knowledge of the aircraft they fly.
Mr Pedley has more than 30 years’ experience on various aircraft types and is the chief pilot of a Gulfstream G280 – a ‘super mid-size’ jet recognised for its swept-wing design and engine technology, capable of handling short runways, high-altitude airports and low visibility.
He said: ‘My primary role is to ensure the safety of those on board and therefore any additional training that can enhance my ability to deliver that role is absolutely worth undertaking. At an individual, fleet and company level it can only serve to drive standards ever higher, which directly translates, in my opinion, to safer flying.’
A spokesperson for FlightSafety International said: ‘Our Master Aviator programme consists of challenging training that expands skills and prepares aviators to react correctly to a broad range of demanding, unexpected situations. Trainees must complete a series of advanced pilot training courses and their choice of electives to gain a deeper knowledge of fixed-wing aircraft or helicopter, to advance their professional development, enhance safety, and strengthen all aspects of a flight department.’