Captain Catherine Burton shares her experiences through her vast career in aviation over 43 years.
My desire to be a pilot was sparked by my father. He was a Canadian who had a career as a pilot spanning World War II bombers, post war jet fighters, airline flying from Dragon Rapides (biplanes) to BAC1-11s. I was infected with the flying bug at about 6 months when he sat me in the cockpit of his Vampire jet fighter and started the engine.
I’ve seen some changes over a career that, so far, has lasted 43 years. Once, I’d probably have said the best part of the day was the steady stream of flight deck visitors we received but that all stopped after the 9-11 attacks in the USA. Now, I’d have to say my colleagues, who are, universally, some of the best and most accepting people I’ve ever had the privilege to know.
So here I am in 2015. I still fly, full time but I also visit schools to encourage girls to take the STEM subjects and just consider a career as an airline pilot. If you want to be a pilot, join the Air Cadets, visit that Future Pilot website, get 5 GCSEs at C grade or better, including Maths, English and any science, get any 3 A levels with grades BBC and apply.
In conclusion, being a pilot has been an amazing career and one that has delighted me over and again for all those years. I cannot recommend it highly enough. In life, you only have one chance. Be authentic. Never stop anyone else from achieving authenticity.
Doors open 18:30
Talk start 19:00