Eric Galliers loves flying so much he has made it both work and hobby.
A QantasLink pilot for the past three years, he flies Dash 8 aircraft fulltime throughout regional Queensland, while creating model aircraft in his spare time at home in Brisbane.
“I served as first officer on QantasLink Bombardier Q400s for two years before being appointed captain last October,” said Eric, who is qualified on the Dash 8 -200 (36 seat), -300 (50 seat) and also the Bombardier Q400 (74 seat)
“When not flying, aircraft modelling is equally rewarding for me and I’ve been fortunate to win many awards for my entries in competitions.”
An Australian Air Force Cadet in Kalgoorlie throughout his teenage years, where he rose to the highest rank of Cadet Under Officer, Eric says the leadership, discipline, and dress and bearing skills he acquired have been major influences in shaping his career.
“I’ve wanted to fly since I was knee-high to a nose-wheel, and my Air Force Cadets leadership and discipline training and experience gave me the edge and have had a profound effect in furthering my career.
“Now, as captain on the Dash 8, I’m in charge of a small company of people who rely on me to role-model and demonstrate the highest professional standards.
“For example, at QantasLink, we’re expected to dress and behave in a manner similar to the military, so anyone with ambition who thinks they can leave ironing shirts behind when they leave Cadets has another think coming,” laughed Eric.
He studied for his commercial pilot licence with RACWA in the late 1990s, training on Mooneys and the Cessna 152 and 172.
This was followed by several years working in the mining industry, and then flying charter aircraft such as Beechcraft Barons and Cessna Grand Caravans, based at Port Hedland.
Eric’s most memorable experiences include the thrill of first flying solo at age 16, and being pilot on a charter flight for former Prime Minister Bob Hawke.
And his aircraft modelling hobby?
“I love entering my scale model aircraft in competitions, where I’ve been fortunate to win a large number of trophies, and recently achieved ‘best of show’ with an F-4 Phantom jet”
QantasLink Captain Eric Galliers with son, Hayden (2).
First Officer Eric Galliers (right) on the Dash 8 Q400