Name: Brian Power
Total Hours: 4000 logged
When did you join Waterford Aero Club? I joined the Aero club in 1999 after returning from the States.
Best flying memory: All my solo consolidation flying as a PPL student. The anticipation I felt on those Saturday mornings in Denver, Colorado was like nothing else. I only wish I had been living here at home at that time and having those wonderful flights over Waterford and Ireland. One of the reasons I still love to instruct is because I know how the student will feel when going solo for the first few times.
Worst flying memory: Long-ez at 600 feet over the Bonmahon coast and the engine decided it did not like how some components were installed. Learned a lot about myself and how to use a ‘Ratchet’ quickly (reader will have to look that one up). Cows seemed to like it though.
Tell us about your last flight? Circuit training in the Warrior with a student who is close to first solo. The enjoyment is increased for both right about now.
What brought you to flying? In Dublin airport as a twelve year old watching my Mother and Brother taking a 747 on holiday to Australia and remembering being in awe of such a machine and thinking – one day I’ll understand that! (Still trying)
If you had all the money in the world, what aircraft would you choose to fly? A Gulfstream G5. Well you said all the money!
What is your current job? Flight instructor.
Other hobbies? Love to read and cook and play a little golf and what takes up most time off in the Summer although I’d hardly call it a hobby is gardening and all the tedium that goes with it.
What do you like most about the Aero Club? Getting away from gardening! And to be around people that I know have the same pit in their stomach if they don’t fly for a while.
If you could give a new pilot one piece of advice, what would it be? Always expect the best but always plan for the worst and most of all enjoy every second.