RAeS Heathrow Branch Announces the October 2016 Lecture – Recollections of A Bush Pilot

The Royal Aeronautical Society Heathrow Branch announces the upcoming branch lecture on Thursday, 13th October 2016, 18:00 hours at Waterside Theatre, British Airways Waterside Headquarters, Harmondsworth UB7 0GA. The lecture is titled – Recollections of A Bush Pilot, and will be given by Paul Catanach, Line Training Captain, TAG Aviation (UK) Ltd. 

A latecomer to aviation, Paul Catanach gained his Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL) aged 30 with Clacton Aero Club on a Piper Cub. Immediately afterward he combined emigration to Australia with a career change and gained a Commercial Pilot’s Licence (CPL) at Coolangatta in Queensland where he also snagged his first job as an instructor.

After a couple of years teaching flying and theory subjects to trainee private and commercial pilots he combined shameless cronyism with blackmail and won a job based in Darwin in the Northern Territory. This was obviously the booby prize. After served several years as push pilot, Paul returned to the UK where he is now a training captain operating privately owned biz-jets to at least two corners of the Earth.

The October lecture will be a hugely entertaining evening. The guest speaker who has a great sense of humour and a superb story to tell about his earlier life and adventures as a bush pilot in Australia. Bashing around the bush in a series of clapped-out aircraft, our speaker carried freight both night and day the length and breadth of the Northern Territory experiencing the delights and perils of the NT’s two seasons, the Dry and the Wet.

Despite the best efforts of passengers, live freight, other pilots and wildlife he survived several years of being a push pilot. The speaker will come along with some Australian native artefacts to help illustrate the talk, people and places he has encountered – for us a real insight into antipodean sense of humour.

For more information about this and future lectures, or if you would like to register for this event, visit our event site – ★REGISTER NOW★ tiny.cc/RAeSLHR.


★★Please note that for security reasons, you MUST register in advance for our lectures ★★

cpdFor those who are presuming the Engineering Council registration, after attending this event, CPD certificates of attendance will be endorsed for CEng, IEng or EngTech registration.


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