[Dave Scott] ‘Inspiring’ Cayman Airways pilot calls a career

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[Dave Scott] ‘Inspiring’ Cayman Airways pilot calls a career

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[Dave Scott] ‘Inspiring’ Cayman Airways pilot calls it a career
Matt Lamers
February 15, 2017
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After 47 years in the cockpit, Capt. Dave Scott is hanging up his wings at Cayman Airways.

Captain Scott landed at Owen Roberts International Airport for the last time in his career Wednesday morning to the cheers of dozens
of colleagues, family members and dignitaries.

The Cayman Islands Fire Service helped mark the occasion with a water cannon salute.

“It was very gratifying, especially to see so many fellow employees to greet me here on arrival,” Mr. Scott told the media after landing Cayman
Airways’ newest aircraft, the Boeing 737-800.
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    Capt. Dave Scott salutes dozens of colleagues, family members and dignitaries as he deplanes for the last time as a pilot for Cayman
    Airlines. Mr. Scott is retiring from the cockpit, but remains vice president of flight operations. – Photos: Matt Lamers
The 65-year-old native of Spot Bay, Cayman Brac, has logged more than 25,000 hours of flying time since beginning his career in 1970 at
the Wings Jamaica Flight Academy, where he underwent his flight training.

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After working as a commercial pilot at Air Jamaica, Mr. Scott moved back to Cayman in 1978, where he started as first officer before
rising to captain in 1980.

In his 39 years with Cayman Airways, Mr. Scott has flown all of the airline’s jets, including the BAC 1-11, Boeing 727 and four Boeing 737 models.

The aircraft he liked flying the most was the 727. “It was a very manual aircraft, not very automated, but very fast,” he said. “In that day,
they were the best there was.”

Mr. Scott will retain his current position of vice president of flight operations and designated flight examiner.

Moses Kirkconnell, minister of tourism, was among those on hand to congratulate Mr. Scott.

“He’s a role model,” Mr. Kirkconnell said. “It’s inspiring for young men to see what he’s done with his life. He’s been all over the world. When
you’re around Captain Scott and the other captains, who are Caymanian success stories, it gives you a very clear indication of the
opportunities that are available for young people in aviation.”

After landing at Owen Roberts International Airport for the last time as a career pilot, Captain Scott, in a Boeing 737-800, gets a water
cannon salute from the Cayman Islands Fire Service.
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For young people wanting to follow in his footsteps, Mr. Scott says the first thing they have to do is get a good education.

“A solid education will go a long way towards helping you because the new generation of aircraft that are coming out today are almost all
computerized. There’s very little manual flying that’s being done,” he said.

Mr. Scott said introducing an electronic training database and iPads as Electronic Flight Bags are some of his proudest accomplishments.
“We were the first in the Caribbean to do that” he said.

“It was a beautiful moment to share this with my husband today,” said his wife, Betty Ann Scott, who flew with Mr. Scott on his final
flight, KX103, from Miami. “I’m so glad that everybody was here to share it with him.”
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[Cayman Airways] Captain Scott’s final landing

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[Cayman Airways] Captain Scott’s final landing
Ron Shillingford
February 16, 2017

Cayman Airways said goodbye to Captain Dave Scott on Wednesday who flew for the last time after almost 39 years.

When Mr. Scott landed on the tarmac his co-pilot was Garrett Conolly, a colleague he mentored and helped gain his pilot’s license. It was a fitting ending to a long and glorious career for Mr. Scott which started in June 1978, years before Mr. Conolly was even born.

Of his last flight, Mr Scott said: “I wouldn’t say that emotionally it was disturbing but the thought was there that it was the last flight I’ll do commercially.” It was the end of a total of 47 years as a pilot.

When he looked through the cockpit window and saw all his family, friends and colleagues waiting for him, Mr. Scott said it was “very gratifying, especially to see so many fellow colleagues to meet me on arrival.”
Captain Scott, second right, with his final crew.

Mr. Scott admitted his final landing “was not the best I’ve done but good.”

He added that the next generation of pilots will be flying newer aircraft and they are being trained “as we speak so there will be a smooth transition.”

When Mr. Scott started flying it was all “round dials, no LED screens like we have now and LCD screens.” He added that there wasn’t really automatic, only the auto-pilot that could hold altitude. “Nowadays auto-pilot can do absolutely everything for you, including landing the aircraft,” he said.

The plane he enjoyed flying the most was the 727 because it was “highly manual, not very automated, but very fast. At the time it was the best there was.”

Mr. Scott’s advice to any aspiring pilots is to get “a good education, a solid education will go a long way towards helping you because the new generation aircraft coming out today are almost all computerised. There is very little manual flying being done.”

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