Cameo: Director of Aviation Safety takes a press call from students
Director of Aviation Safety takes a press call from students
In April 2009 the Director of Aviation Safety, John McCormick, went head-to-head with four budding aviators from Brisbane’s Aviation High School on live radio, on the ABC morning program segment ‘Student Press Call’.
Aviation High is a specialist school located near Brisbane airport. The school focuses on students in years 8 to 12, with a curriculum tailor-made for a career in flying, engineering or cabin crewing. John discussed his aviation career with the students, who aim to enter careers in either civilian or military aviation.
John, who flew the Mirage III when he was in the Royal Australian Air Force and went on to become a fighter combat instructor, also discussed his favourite aircraft to fly. These include the Boeing 777, which John was involved in developing when he worked with Cathay Pacific Airways.
John was quizzed by the students on Australia’s regulatory reform, including the extent to which Australia has followed the standards of other countries. He stated that Australia’s regulatory standards are uniquely Australian, incorporating elements found in Europe or the United States while remaining true to the International Civil Aviation Organization standards.