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Passionate about and experienced in the fields of aviation, scientific research and teaching.


I obtained my commercial pilot’s license in the United States in 2011 and am currently employed by Air Seychelles. I fly the DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft inter-island, and have over 2025 hours total time including 1780 hours turbine. Aside from flying itself, I am passionate about flight safety and worked as a Flight Safety Officer at Air Seychelles. I also have a keen interest in the physics of flight, teaching within the aviation industry as well as the human factors aspect of aviation. In 2015 I obtained the EASA CPL with multiengine instrument ratings and most recently the FAA ATP certificate in 2016.

Science Research:

I studied physics at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels at the University of Manchester in the UK, obtaining a BSc (Hons) and an MSc, with first class and distinction results, respectively. The result of my Masters work, which involved a substantial amount of computer programming in C++, was followed up and two articles have been submitted to the Astrophysical Journal to date. I presented my work at an international physics conference in 2011.


I find teaching extremely rewarding. I was an assistant lecturer of mathematics and physics at the Seychelles Polytechnic (pre-University level) for 6 months in 2006 and have been tutoring students part time in the same subjects ever since. It has been a pleasure for me to see grade improvements as large as a C to an A in several candidates.

Work History

Dec 2015Present


Air Seychelles
  • Flying as commander on the Air Seychelles Twin Otter fleet, I am responsible for the operation and safety of the aeroplane and the safety of all crew members, passengers and cargo on board.
  • My decision-making, organisation and time management skills are constantly improving and I work well in a team.
  • Flying hours to date are as follows. Total flight time: 2025, Pilot in Command: 570, Second in Command: 1350, Multi-engine: 1830, Turbine: 1780.
  • Aircraft flown: DHC-6, PA38, PA44, PA28, PA28R, C172, BE76.
Jan 2015Jan 2016

Flight Safety Officer

Air Seychelles
  • Assisted the Flight Safety Manager in the functioning of the Safety Management System and deputised for the Flight Safety Manager as and when required.
  • Engaged in the capture and processing of data from Flight Data Recorders, processed Air Safety Reports, and prepared briefing material for the Flight Safety Committee.
  • Prepared statistical analysis reports using exported data from aviation software.
  • Organised pilot flight safety meetings and delivered safety presentations.
Feb 2013Dec 2015

First Officer

Air Seychelles
  • Flying on the domestic fleet of Air Seychelles, I was responsible to the Commander for assisting in the safe and efficient conduct of flights.
  • I participated in Certificate of Airworthiness flights on the Twin Otter.
Jul 2007Dec 2014

Private Tutor

  • I have privately tutored students for many years to prepare them for GCSE, IGCSE and A-level exams. 
  • My adaptable tutoring techniques kept students interested and significant grade improvements of typically two grades were seen consistently.
Mar 2006Aug 2006

Assistant Lecturer of Mathematics and Physics

Seychelles Polytechnic
  • Assisted the mathematics and physics lecturers at the Seychelles Polytechnic by preparing and correcting exams, teaching entire classrooms as well as tutoring individual students for the A-level Cambridge International Examinations (pre-University). 
  • Ensured that all classes started on time and ran smoothly, with minimum disturbance, at the same time encouraging students to participate. 
  • Made time to see individual students, identified their weak areas and worked with them to overcome their difficulties.


Sep 2009Jan 2011

Master of Science (MSc) in Astrophysics

University of Manchester
  • Achieved a distinction for my thesis.
  • The project involved a significant amount of computer programming to create simulations and extract statistics on extrasolar planet systems containing multiple planets.
Sep 2006Jul 2009

Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Physics

University of Manchester
  • Obtained a First Class Honours.
  • I took a wide variety of undergraduate modules, including mechanics, astrophysics, computer programming and quantum physics. 
  • We had several hours of practical work each week, where I worked together with a partner to gather scientific data and present and discuss our results in interviews.


  • Wei Zhu, Andrew Gould, Matthew Penny, Shude Mao and Rieul Gendron, 2014, Empirical Study of Simulated Two-planet Microlensing Events, The Astrophysical Journal 794, 53
  • Wei Zhu, Andrew Gould, Matthew Penny, Shude Mao and Rieul Gendron, 2014, Predictions for Microlensing Planetary Events from Core Accretion Theory, The Astrophysical Journal 788, 73


  • President's Award for Academic Excellence (Naples Air Center, 2012)
  • Delta Travel Prize for best first year physics undergraduate essay (University of Manchester, 2007)
  • International Excellence Undergraduate Scholarship (University of Manchester, 2006)
  • Best performer in A-level Mathematics and Physics (Seychelles Polytechnic, 2005)
  • Australian Mathematics Competition: Distinction and Special Achievement Award (Australian Mathematics Trust, 2002)
  • Commonwealth Essay Competition: Commended (Royal Commonwealth Society, 2000)

Professional Memberships

  • Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), Associate Member
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Member
  • LGBTI Sey, Executive Committee Secretary


  • English, Creole, French


  • Flight safety, human rights, hiking, tennis, swimming, reading and travelling.


  • Shude Mao, Professor of Astrophysics; Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics Alan Turing Building, University of Manchester, Manchester, M13 9PL, United Kingdom.
  • James Brannan, Chief Flight Instructor and FAA Designated Pilot Examiner; Mazzei Flying Service, 4885 East Shields Avenue #201, Fresno, California, 93727, USA.