A background in science led to a professional curiosity in space engineering for one Army pilot.
CAPTION: Army pilot Captain Shaun Gill in front of a Tiger armed reconnaissance helicopter from 1st Aviation Regiment at Robertson Barracks, NT. Story by Captain Carolyn Barnett. Photo by Corporal Rodrigo Villablanca.
1st Aviation Regiment pilot Captain Shaun Gill completed a degree in science at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) before going on to complete his Army pilot training. Now he’s studying a Master of Space Engineering through the University of NSW Canberra campus at ADFA.
Growing up in Kalgoorlie-Boulder in Western Australia, Captain Gill said the school he attended placed a strong emphasis on science subjects.
“I first developed my passion for science at school,” Captain Gill said.
“Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) foster a number of transferable skills that are relevant to employment in a wide variety of roles.
“The skills developed in studying science have helped with this new challenge.”
STEM studies develop skills that apply to a wide variety of real-world situations.
These skills include the evaluation of information and collaboration with others to generate solutions to problems.
Captain Gill said every lesson learnt is applied in day-to-day flying operations.
“1st Aviation Regiment’s Tiger armed reconnaissance helicopters are operated by two pilots, so the ability to critically assess information and work together as a team is essential,” Captain Gill said.
“It’s also a role that includes a good combination of theory and practical application of those skills.
“I am truly lucky because the job has been exactly what I expected.”