Brendan Parker, Chief Pilot at Elite Helicopters
What does a typical workday look like for you?
I arrive early in the morning to inspect all helicopters so they are ready to go for that day. By then, my emails would be full, so I would attempt to get through as many as I can before getting ready for the first flight of the day. The flying day starts and it could be tourism flights, corporate charter flights, or even helping Queensland firefighters fight fires throughout the state. After saying goodbye to all happy and smiling customers or clients, I wash and clean all aircraft and put them to bed before completing my paperwork for the day.
What led you to a career in aviation?
I was lucky enough to serve in the Australian Army Aviation Corps, where I worked closely with helicopters. This is where my passion for helicopters and flying began.
Tell us about your current fleet of aircraft & helicopters?
We currently operate corporate H125, EC130, Bell 206 and R44 helicopters.
What do you think are some of the biggest challenges facing aviation today, and what are some potential solutions?
The biggest problem is endless manual paperwork, or having to utilise multiple systems to accomplish one task. The solution is automation.
What’s the best and worst career advice you have been given?
Best: Do something you love and are passionate about, it makes such a difference.
Worst: Do as I say not as I do.
What has been your most memorable flight to date?
Flying in the Canadian Rockies and seeing a group of wolves standing on a beaver dam waiting and watching as the alpha wolf drags a caribou through the water to shore. Mother nature at its finest.
What are your three must-have travel essentials?
Fuel, Engine, and Blades.
What’s your favourite city to fly into?
It has to be Vancouver.