In light of Girls in Aviation Day Luxaviation UK interview their very own female pilot – Susan Tuddenham
Susan Tuddenham is a first officer at Luxaviation UK.
What sparked your interest in Aviation?
As a child I often spent most of my time at airshows with my family and this is what initially sparked my interest in aviation. After finishing university, I volunteered in Romania and to help raise funds for charity I did a sponsored skydive when I returned to the UK. I remember watching the pilot in the ‘jump plane’ and seeing the enthusiasm he held for his job, this is what reignited the flame of my love for aviation. After the skydive, I signed myself up for a trial flying lesson, and since then I have been hooked.
What advice would you give young women considering a career in aviation?
Go for it! It’s exciting, varied and a fantastic career. However, you must be prepared to work hard whilst having an abundance of enthusiasm and determination in aviation.
What is your greatest achievement at Luxaviation UK?
Some of my proudest moments have been conducting medical flights. When I was carrying out these ‘missions’ it really made me feel like I was part of a team, making a positive difference to someone’s life and family.
What do you like about working for Luxaviation UK?
Honestly, I love the level of variety the job offers me, every day is different. We travel to a number of destinations and we fly to a mixture of big international airports and small unique airfields which provide interesting flying time. I work with a fantastic team of professionals and I am able to interact with the passengers to ensure they are having a great flight.
What are your day-to-day responsibilities at Luxaviation UK?
Being a pilot is a hands-on role and I’m heavily involved with certain aspects of the flight. A typical day for me would involve printing the paperwork, discussing the routing and fuel with the captain, leasing with the handling agents and re-fuellers, loading the baggage, updating operations and brokers and lastly greeting the passengers onboard.
I also give the safety brief and make sure the cabin and catering are set up to exceptional standards. That’s as well as flying the plane and ensuring the passengers receive a safe and smooth flight.