Australian Airline Pilot Academy
25 November 2016
Wagga Wagga, NSW
Thank you John for that warm welcome. Thank you Michael, it is fantastic to be here. The invitation to come along this morning was one that I really appreciated from Rex, because what you have done here in terms of the Australia Airline Pilot Academy really is, I think, quite extraordinary and something you should be really proud of as a company. It plays into that long heritage in Australia of being innovative in aviation, and this is the 21st century version of that. You should congratulate John and Jim and Chris for the work you are doing.
I'm going to feel old addressing some of you, but there's a former Australian test cricket captain called Steve Waugh, who some of you may have heard of and on the eve of an Ashes tour, when the Australian team was at a bit of a low ebb, the Australian cricket team was in England and set to compete for the Ashes, he wrote on the whiteboard in the dressing room change rooms: your attitude is contagious, is yours worth catching? Think about that. Your attitude is contagious, is yours worth catching?
When you leave here in a few months time, or six to eight months time, whatever it might be depending on the stage of training you are at, when you leave here you'll be working as part of a team as well, and you'll have a huge responsibility for the safety of the Australian travelling public, it will fall on your shoulders. Your attitude that you bring to these new roles will stand you in good stead for your role ahead.
You'll define your career, in fact, with the achievements that you reach. Your passion for flying will be, obviously, unchallenged. Your commitment to excellence that you will bring to your workplace, your dedication to safety, professionalism, your enthusiasm—they're all aspects of your attitude that you want to deliver in your workplace and amongst the team you'll be flying with.
So I want you to think about that as you go through your training, that your attitude is contagious, and is worth catching—and you will support each other in that regard, as you go through some difficult times, no doubt, but also some very happy times in your work here.
There's one other point that I want to make, and again at the risk of sounding like a very old man, I'd suggest quite simply look to make the most of every opportunity throughout your career and throughout your time here.
When you look around at what you're surrounded by, it is a wold-class training facility. It's an extraordinary opportunity that you have in front of you, and I just encourage you to make the most of that opportunity in the coming months. Grab it with both hands, complete your training, and then get out there and take on the aviation industry with great custodial enthusiasm.
Now, I realise that probably the only thing stopping you from flying today is the length of my speech, so I'll sit down now and I wish you all the very best for the future.