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Great People I Work With

Aviation is as much about technology as it is about people.

About those who design and build the aircraft, the people maintaining them, the people working in all the aeronautical infra and superstructures, the passengers flying the airplanes and, of course, the people who run them on a daily basis.

I love flying but, as an airline Captain, my job is much more than just “driving” the machine. I have to coordinate a team of dedicated, talented professionals to the best possible extent in order to ensure a safe and pleasant flight for our passengers, while keeping also in mind the ever-so-important commercial perspective.

Some working days fall just short of daunting when operational restrictions, bad weather and various other limitations all come together, providing for quite a stressful melting pot.

On those days, working with people with the right attitude can really make wonders.

I don’t know if those I work with are really aware of how important this little detail is, no matter how many times I tell them so.

This gallery is dedicated to all those colleagues who through a smile, the occasional joke and the constant professional attitude ensure that it is at the most crucial of times that the concept of “Crew” really comes alive.


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A Aeronáutica é tanto acerca de tecnologia como acerca de pessoas.

Das pessoas que desenham e constroem as aeronaves, as pessoas que trabalham nas supra e infra-estruturas necessárias, os passageiros que são transportados, e, obviamente as pessoas que, no dia-a-dia, mantém e tripulam as aeronaves.

Eu adoro voar mas, enquanto Comandante de Linha Aérea, o meu trabalho é muito mais do que apenas "guiar" a máquina.

Tenho, também, que coordenar uma equipa de profissionais competentes e dedicados na melhor medida das minhas capacidades de forma a garantir voos agradáveis e seguros para os nossos passageiros, sem nunca esquecer a sempre fundamental perspectiva comercial da nossa actividade.

Alguns dias de trabalho tornam-se bem difíceis e "stressantes" por força de restrições operacionais, mau tempo e outros tipos de limitações.

Nesses dias, o facto de se trabalhar com pessoas com uma atitude positiva pode operar pequenos milagres.

Não tenho a certeza se os grandes profissionais com quem tenho a honra de trabalhar têm noção deste pequeno detalhe, apesar de o afirmar repetidas vezes.

Esta galeria é dedicada a todos os colegas que, através de um sorriso, uma piada no tempo certo e uma constante atitude profissional comprovam que é nos momentos críticos que o conceito de "tripulantes" alcança a sua verdadeira e decisiva dimensão.

A bit old, ever beautiful.
A bit old, ever beautiful.
2 crew, multiple smiles.
2 crew, multiple smiles.
How to start the last leg.
How to start the last leg.
Checking the oil
Checking the oil
Slots can provide excellent photo ops.
Slots can provide excellent photo ops.
Morning rays
Morning rays
The Portuguese effect (1)
The Portuguese effect (1)
The Portuguese effect (2)
The Portuguese effect (2)
Always ready!
Always ready!
Up to TRN!
Up to TRN!
The sun can be a mixed blessing...
The sun can be a mixed blessing...
Yes, it's still there :)
Yes, it's still there :)
To the right.
To the right.
Just fun.
Just fun.
Who needs models when this is the real stuff?
Who needs models when this is the real stuff?
Charts and charts...
Charts and charts...
...and charts.
...and charts.
Ambiance improvers - a chemical and a human one.
Ambiance improvers - a chemical and a human one.
Turin trio
Turin trio
Back to home
Back to home
End of day, still charming !? - only in PGA...
End of day, still charming !? - only in PGA...
Team good disposition
Team good disposition
The office
The office
What we take up to the skies
What we take up to the skies
Pilot AND model! (1)
Pilot AND model! (1)
White, Red and Green
White, Red and Green
Pilot AND model! (2)
Pilot AND model! (2)
Blue x Two
Blue x Two
It's a sympathy train!
It's a sympathy train!
Posing can be extreme
Posing can be extreme
Ice cream is just great.
Ice cream is just great.
Hello? Goodbye? Who knows...It's a PGA flight, start to finish.
Hello? Goodbye? Who knows...It's a PGA flight, start to finish.
Acima de Tudo, Igual Entre Pares
Acima de Tudo, Igual Entre Pares
Xmas Spirit 1
Xmas Spirit 1
Xmas Spirit 2
Xmas Spirit 2
Xmas Spirit 3
Xmas Spirit 3
Xmas Spirit 4
Xmas Spirit 4
Xmas Spirit 5
Xmas Spirit 5
Super Suarex
Super Suarex
Heathrow Warmth 1
Heathrow Warmth 1
Heathrow Warmth 2
Heathrow Warmth 2
Heathrow Warmth 3
Heathrow Warmth 3
Heathrow Warmth 4
Heathrow Warmth 4
All For One
All For One
3 Good Moods
3 Good Moods
New Shades
New Shades
Nice Girls at Nice
Nice Girls at Nice
The Way To Be Greeted
The Way To Be Greeted
Cabin Pose Pause
Cabin Pose Pause
What's The Deal Here?
What's The Deal Here?
Not a Flight Simulator
Not a Flight Simulator
Sound Team
Sound Team
Top of The Morning
Top of The Morning
Holstein & Wife
Holstein & Wife
Natural Sympathy
Natural Sympathy
Oscar
Oscar
Off Duty State of Mind
Off Duty State of Mind
Almost Cinematic
Almost Cinematic
3 Musketeers
3 Musketeers
James MC, the Good-Karma-Man
James MC, the "Good-Karma-Man"
Triple Fun
Triple Fun
Marx Sisters
Marx Sisters
Barcelona Sun Has Its Own Effects
Barcelona Sun Has Its Own Effects
We're Going to Porto....Again.
We're Going to Porto....Again.
By The Lake
By The Lake
The Busy Bee Rests a Bit
The Busy Bee Rests a Bit
Movie Stars Shine in Sepia
Movie Stars Shine in Sepia
Rui Prepares Another Flight Leg
Rui Prepares Another Flight Leg
Looking Into The Blue Yonder
Looking Into The Blue Yonder
Approaches at LPMA Can Leave You Like This
Approaches at LPMA Can Leave You Like This
They Could Be In A Commercial
They Could Be In A Commercial
Close It
Close It
By The Waterfall
By The Waterfall
The World Is Mine
The World Is Mine
Checking a Takeoff
Checking a Takeoff
Balance & Style
Balance & Style
António
António
Accessorizing Can be Radical
Accessorizing Can be Radical
Great Timing
Great Timing
Madeira Caters For Great Off Times
Madeira Caters For Great Off Times
Full Briefing
Full Briefing
Smoky Pause
Smoky Pause
Sliding Down
Sliding Down
Retouched
Retouched
HO takes a break
HO takes a break
Back To Work
Back To Work
Sunset Smile
Sunset Smile
Warm In Madeira
Warm In Madeira
Snapshooting
Snapshooting
3 Round Ones
3 Round Ones
The Joker
The Joker
Bus Talk
Bus Talk
Listen to This
Listen to This
Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman
Sweet Red
Sweet Red
Cute, Isn't She?
Cute, Isn't She?
Look Back
Look Back
4 for 1
4 for 1
Paul Says It's OK
Paul Says It's OK
Golden Rays
Golden Rays
Fill it Up !
Fill it Up !
Northern Accent
Northern Accent
Is That a Balloon...?
Is That a Balloon...?
Geneva is Not That Dull
Geneva is Not That Dull
A Look From Above
A Look From Above