Flying to Success – Interview with pilot Thomas Irbinger

Flying to Success

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Pilot TAG Asia, Fleet Technical Pilot – TAG Aviation Asia August 2013 – Heute

Jet Partner for Private Aircraft Services & Charter Flights

First Officer – Hong Kong Jet – Mai 2013 – August 2013

First Officer Global 5000 GVFD

First Officer – Tyrolean JetServices – November 2005 – März 2012 – Innsbruck (Austria)

First Officer on J328, Global Express.

 

1. Please tell me about yourself and your career

I was born in Vienna, Austria, I have 2 brothers and one sister.

My father travelled a lot around the world due to his diplomatic career, therefore, we moved many times. I was always fascinated by Engineering and all sorts of complex machines. That what attracted me into aviation.

I learnt how to fly in Graz (Austria), then went to Fort Worth (Texas) to obtain most of my flight experience and licences.

My first Job was with Tyrolean Jet Services in Innsbruck, where I flew the Dornier 328 Jet and later the Global Express. After 7 years, I decided it was time for a change of surroundings and found a Job with TAG Aviation Asia, based in Hong Kong.

 

2. Can you share an experience or specific moment that made you lose/gain confidence in becoming a pilot?

But the most important thing was to remain optimistic, keep your knowledge and skills sharp, and hope for better times and motivate yourself to fight for your dream. This happened some few times, especially when I finished my training and started looking for a Job in 2002.Those were bad times for aviation and finding any position or any other job proved to be difficult.

 

3. In what areas do you think nowadays schools/universities around the world could improve when teaching students on how to study more effectively when compared to the training course of a pilot? What advice would you give them?

Some old school systems just have a program and timeline by which they stick too much to.I always thought wouldn’t t it be just useful to see the exam which would be perfect and compare it with all the rest? At University or Flight School everyone is there because it was their wish, after all.Throughout use of audio- visual learning with short in between adaptive tests would strengthen the short term memory and students can correlate easier and contain complex information longer.

You have to be able to motivate them, but the basic push must come from themselves.

The students should be pushed harder to get it right at the second time. It is imperative to learn at once from a mistake.

This system would only work out if you correct an exam all together until everyone knows how to avoid the mistakes with certainty next time.

When a student does not dominate in perfection a procedure or an essential element of safety, then the instructors would repeat the training and intensify the pressure until it has been understood or completed satisfactorily.

 

4. What guidelines would you give teachers and coaches to help building student´s skills on result-oriented working?

Everyone has different apprehension ,memory, speeds and aptitudes. These need to be analysed first, so each individual can find his best technique of learning.Next time the result should have improved noticeably.

At the end it can be valuable to look into a project in retrospective and see what information was lacking, or what could be presented better, or what would have been important to know before commencing a project.

We have to first start learning how to best learn on a case by case scenario.

 

5. Many people are struggling with concentration and focus. Could you share with pupils, students, and young professionals a few techniques that also pilots use in their training to enhance their performance?

Pilots motor skills are well trained, but nobody was born a perfect human.

With the right motivation and practice you will improve almost any kind of skill, at the end, don´t forget not to overwork yourself. Stress is detrimental for any physical or mental capability, let alone Jet-lag…

The brain is only as capable as the body supporting it. Keeping in shape, fit, eating and sleeping right does a lot for the first instance.

 

6. What would you say are success factors and personality traits a person should possess or develop in order to become a person that is capable of taking responsible for other peoples lives?

In a critical situation you will be sometimes required to jump into another role, giving strict and direct orders. Making yourself understood by any means will be asked of you.Anything can happen anytime, that´s what you are here for and should be prepared for, then you will feel the responsibility to be acceptable and accustomed.

The responsibility is not felt by the amount of people you are in charge of, but just by doing your job right. All aircrafts fly in a similar way, what’s behind you on board will not or should not influence the way you think or act.

Good Leadership, communication skills, leading by example, motivating your team so to get the most out of everyone to perform at his absolute best, should a situation arise requiring important decisions are amongst other important ones.

 

7. How do you define success?

Having a happy and fulfilling life, where you feel useful and loved

Making your dream come true.

 

8. What personal life principles made you become successful?

Perseverance, motivation, staying fit, happiness, work hard, studying, studying, studying.

 

9. What advice would you give to students and young adults in order for them to achieve what they want?

Study, work hard, make connections, be a role model, have a lot of patience, make some alternative plans interim, and enjoy life

You have to build up a knowledge network around you and the area of interest.

 

Thank you very much for the interview, Thomas.

 

Interview conducted by Nicholas Sebastian Chan

The Interpretation of Momentum ®

on www.project-iom.com