# Eoin O Malley:Airline Pilot

Name?

Eoin O Malley

Occupation?

Airline Pilot

Conduct a flight in a safe manner to the destination taking into account:
-Weight and centre of gravity of the aircraft.
-Passenger profile and the cargo profile. i.e. passengers with special needs and cargo with dangerous goods.
-Current weather and forecast weather conditions en-route and at the destination.
-Current and forecast weather conditions between the destination and the alternate/alternates airport.
-Current meteorological/Airport reports regarding significant dangers.
-Familiarisation with all airport arrival and departure procedure charts as well as the en-route charts.
-Management of the crew on board ensuring a safe and pleasant journey for everyone.
-Operate the aircraft with strict adherence with the airlines Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
On top of the above Pilots are always current with all company safety procedures. Every 6 months we are in an Aircraft Simulator and we are put through many scenarios including Engine Failures, Fire, Smoke, Electrical and Hydraulic Failures. We are thought to cope with all these eventualities and are ready if the occasion arises.

How do you use mathematics within your job?

Mathematics are used when calculating the aircraft maximum weight and centre of gravity for take off and landing taking into account: -Passenger and cargo weight, -Fuel on board, -Aircraft empty weight and centre of gravity -Airport runway available length -Airport weather Mathematics are used when deciding on how much fuel to take taking into account: -The weather -The Alternates available -The Dry Weight of the Aircraft -The cost of the fuel at the origin and destination. Mathematics are used when carrying out en-route fuel checks. Mathematics are used in deciding what height you fly at and at what point you descend.

What type of mathematics for you use to solve problems?

There is no complicated maths used just a lot of adding subtracting dividing and multiplying. Some simple trigonometry is also used.

What aspects of the mathematics curriculum or mathematics courses have proven most useful to you?

Arithmetic and Trigonometry

What is your education to date?

Leaving Certificate 1991
Diploma in Electronic Engineering 1994
Airport Transport Pilots License (Commercial) 2009