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Guy Hirst

Guy Hirst FRAeS British Airways Training Captain, Retired


Guy was a British Airways pilot from 1972 until 2006. He flew over 18,000 hours. For the final 16 years of his career he was a Training Captain on DC 10 and Boeing 747-400 aircraft. For the last 6 years of his flying career he was promoted to the role of Training Standards Captain, and given responsibility for training and developing British Airways training pilots. He was also responsible – on behalf of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) – for revalidation of British Airways Training Captains.

In addition to his “front line” role, he was one of the pioneers in the introduction of Human Factors (HF) Training – Crew Resource Management (CRM) – into British Airways. He has presented Human Factors – CRM training courses to the Merchant Navy, the electrical generating industry and the National Air Traffic Service (NATS).

Since 2001 Guy has taken his knowledge and understanding of HF training into the Healthcare arena. He has been instrumental in designing and presenting HF courses at the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) and many major NHS hospitals including Great Ormond Street and the John Radcliffe in conjunction with Oxford University.

His work with many Hospital Trusts across England has involved countless hours of observation and coaching clinical and ward teams in their workplace particularly operating theatres. He has gained unrivalled insight into the cultures and sensitivities that pertain within the Healthcare domain.

Guy now is in great demand to speak at medical conferences across the World including Geneva (international Paediatric Intensive Care Conference 2007) and Risky Business (Phoenix, USA and London 2008) and had the honour of delivering the ‘Roger Green Memorial Lecture’ to the Royal Aeronautical Society in 2006. He has recently become the ‘Aviation Expert’ for ITN news.

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