PAUL CATANACH, LINE TRAINING CAPTAIN,
TAG AVIATION (UK) LTD.
The October lecture promises to be a hugely entertaining evening. The guest speaker, Paul Catanach is currently a serious commercial UK pilot with a great sense of humour and a superb story to tell about his earlier life and adventures as a bush pilot in Australia. Bashing around the bush in a series of clapped-out aircraft, he carried freight both night and day the length and breadth of the Northern Territory experiencing the delights and perils of the NT’s two seasons, the Dry and the Wet.
Despite the best efforts of passengers, live freight, other pilots and wildlife he survived several years of being a bush pilot. Paul will come along with some Australian native artefacts to help illustrate the talk, people and places he has encountered - for us a real insight into the Antipodean sense of humour.
We welcome both members and non-members but for security reason, registration of attendance is required for all RAeS Heathrow Branch events. Please register online -
or alternatively contact the Branch Secretary
Dr. Ana M Pedraz
T: +44 (0)7936 392799
Line Training Captain, TAG Aviation (UK) Ltd.
A latecomer to aviation Paul Catanach gained his Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL) aged 30 with Clacton Aero Club on a Piper Cub. Immediately afterwards he combined emigration to Australia with a career change and gained a Commercial Pilot’s Licence (CPL) at Coolangatta in Queensland where he also snagged his first job as an instructor.
After a couple of years teaching flying and theory subjects to trainee private and commercial pilots he combined shameless cronyism with blackmail and won a job based in Darwin in the Northern Territory (This was obviously the booby prize). After serving several years as a bush pilot, Paul returned to the UK where he is now a training captain operating privately owned biz-jets to at least two corners of the Earth.
Paul holds CASA, FAA and EASA ATPL licences.