When Lisa Cusack was 13, she took her first flying lesson, and it set her on a path to become a fully qualified pilot.
Today, she flies the Airbus 330 for Aer Lingus to America twice a week, and she credits her degree in Applied Physics at DCU as a major stepping stone to get there.
As part of my course at DCU I had the opportunity through my INTRA placement, to work in Air Traffic Control, which was a fabulous experience, that led to me getting more flying lessons.”
Understanding the physics of flight has helped Lisa on her journey to the skies.
“Getting a 230 tonne plane 38,000 feet into the air is an incredible feeling, much of which is governed by the laws of physics. We use a lot of technology to monitor and maintain the aircraft during flight and we need a constant insight into atmospheric conditions,” she explains. “Studying physics at DCU has definitely helped me understand aviation in depth, and I believe it played a crucial role in being selected as one of only 12 out of 3000 cadets!”
Lisa Cusack, A330 Pilot, Aer Lingus. BSc in Applied Physics, DCU.
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Lisa Cusack, A330 Pilot, Aer Lingus