Name: Alan Netherwood
Age: 48 years
When did you train at Beckers? Commenced late August 2010 to June 2011
Why did you want to fly helicopters? The family took an hour scenic flight over Kakadu and Arnhem Land in 1999. I remember thinking how cool would it be to have that job.
Biggest challenge in training and why? It's all a bloody challenge, much harder than it looks. Relaxing was probably the biggest challenge, hence hovering took awhile.
Most memorable flight? Has to be the first solo. I'll never forget that first take off. My last solo navigation flight around Fraser Island was pretty awesome too.
What are your thoughts about the instructors at the school? Excellent bunch of guys, consider a couple of them as mates now.
What would you do differently in training now you've finished? Try to structure those initial hours so they are intensive and less disjointed. December/January weather didn't help that though.
What are you planning to do with your licence? Get that first elusive job - tourism, mustering. Don't mind. The ultimate goal is Search and Rescue (SAR). One day maybe.
Words of advice to those learning to fly? RELAX.