The inaugural winner of the Jilly Murphy Scholarship for Aviation Safety, Lucy Mitchell., Lucy is sitting on the seat in memory of controller Jilly Murphy at the base of the Christchurch Airport control tower
"Go for it" is the answer you'll get from the inaugural winner
of the Jilly Murphy Scholarship for Aviation Safety, if you ask for
her advice for this year's entrants.
Lucy Mitchell's career commitment to understanding human factors
involved in aviation safety led to her scholarship award earlier
this year. Lucy has put the scholarship prize
of $5000 towards the Master of Science in Ergonomics and Human
Factors she is completing in her spare time, while working at
Airways New Zealand.
"My study through the scholarship has a direct relationship to
my work as an air traffic controller at Airways. I'm applying my
learning every day on the job and introducing international ideas
from my peers on the course," says Lucy.
"The focus of the scholarship is to enhance aviation safety, so
I'm transferring my experience to Airways, with a real focus on
overall aviation safety," she says.
Lucy spends half of her time as an air traffic controller and
the other half as Airways' Safety Improvement Coordinator - a new
"I love this role. I spend my time looking at the whole system
and at ways we can make it even safer than it is already, hunting
for ideas, working with customers and other Air Navigation Service
Providers). My study is giving me even more determination to
deliver this focus on operational safety," says Lucy.
The 2015 Jilly Murphy Scholarship for Aviation Safety
applications have just opened. Lucy says applicants should be
enthusiastic and have a passion for whichever area of aviation
safety interests them.
"I was a bit hesitant to start with. I wasn't sure how
applicable it would be to me, so I'd suggest that even if you're
not sure, you should apply and include a clear plan for how you
would use the funding. There is a huge variety of ways to
enhance aviation safety, which is the legacy which Jilly Murphy has
left through this scholarship," she says.
The scholarship, offered jointly by Airways and Christchurch
Airport, is provided in memory of Jilly Murphy, an air traffic
controller at the Christchurch Airways tower, who died in central
Christchurch during the earthquake of 22 February, 2011.
Applications are open until 18 December 2014.
To apply, please download and complete the application form.
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