• Question: why did you choose to be an engineer and not a pilot?

    Asked by 582beb38 to Nathan on 11 Feb 2015.
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      Nathan Quinlan answered on 11 Feb 2015:

      I applied to an airline, but they wouldn’t have me 🙁 . Later I realised they were right. Pilots have to be constantly alert for any sign of trouble, and they have make complex decisions very quickly if trouble comes. I would be a terrible pilot. I like to take time to think things over, delve into great detail, and follow interesting side-projects if possible – research engineering is perfect for me.

      I have had a few hours of flying lessons in a small plane, and a go in a 737 simulator -both were wonderful.