A new position working at Dubbo-based airline Air Link was a "great opportunity at the right time" for successful applicant Pat O'Shea.
The Queensland man with experience in both the air force and civil aviation sectors reports of being made redundant when COVID-19 hit the industry hard earlier this year.
But within weeks he saw the advertisement for the new full-time continuing airworthiness manager (CAM) role with Air Link and sister company Air Med.
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"I spoke to the directors, and they seemed very enthusiastic and passionate about aviation, and that appealed to me," Mr O'Shea said.
"...as you know aviation has been hit very hard, a lot of unemployed aviation people out there, so it was a great opportunity at the right time."
Mr O'Shea said his interest in mechanics started from a young age, when as a boy he drove his father "crazy, pulling his mowers apart, working out how they worked".
"I joined the air force, did an apprenticeship in aircraft maintenance and it's grown from there, I've just really enjoyed it," he said.
The new employee said he was looking forward to seeing the area, and experiencing western NSW again.
Air Link general manager Ron O'Brien said they were thrilled "outstanding candidate" Mr O'Shea had come on board the team.