• Question: When did you start your job and what gave you inspiration?

    Asked by Alexis Cole to Anne, Beth, COLFlight, Jon, Tom on 4 Oct 2015. This question was also asked by Masaru :), Keiaan_McLean, 955trn46, SHS 10C!, 120trn28, 752trn28, 11CSpaldingHS, Sethu, 8P form.
    • Photo: Beth Healey

      Beth Healey answered on 4 Oct 2015:

      Hi Alexis,
      I started my training last September and arrived in Concordia at the end of November. In a few weeks I will have been at Concordia for a year.

    • Photo: Columbus Flight Directors

      Columbus Flight Directors answered on 5 Oct 2015:

      COL FD (Simon): Hi Alexis and Masaru!

      I started training as a Columbus Flight Director in January 2009. I became certified in October the same year. One of my great inspirations has always been Gene Kranz the famous Apollo 13 flight director.

      He knew exactly how to bring together a mutlititude of expert engineers and operators to focus on a problem and solve it!

      I encourage you to read his book, “Failure is not an Option”. It is somewhere between a Bible and Manual for anyone who wants to work as a flight controller/flight director for Human Space Flight.

      I have also drawn alot of inspiration from my work colleagues around me: for their professionalism, their patience but most of all because they care so much about their work and for their strong beliefs in the value of what they do.