From terminal to tarmac, each day Cayman Airways owes its success to the ambition and resolve of its personnel; and indeed, behind every flight is a team working late into the night and up before dawn, ensuring that all aircrafts are performing with utmost efficiency.
Christopher McCoy joined Cayman Airways in 2003 as an entry-level mechanic. Over the course of his career, he has excelled into the role of Maintenance Controller, infusing his expertise down to the micro. “I wanted to learn more, and that’s probably why I got into maintenance. I just wanted to figure out how everything worked,” says McCoy.
As a Maintenance Controller on duty, McCoy is responsible to oversee the entire maintenane operation systemwide and coordinate all scheduled aircraft checks, as well as providing contract support to all foreign carriers operating to and from the Cayman Islands. It’s a role that demands absolute precision and attention to detail, as well as constant training to embrace and optimise new technologies. McCoy has also been flying privately since 1983, a testament to his love for the world of aviation.
When not in the hangar, McCoy and his family spend their days boating, fishing and scuba diving. “If I’m not in the air, I’m under water or on the water. Scuba diving is one of the most relaxing ways to enjoy the natural beauty of the Cayman Islands,” says McCoy. “We don’t have mountains above the sea, but we have it below, and it’s incredible.”
For aviation enthusiasts the skies are a thrill, but it’s no secret that for some, flying can be a bit unnerving. McCoy hopes that passengers can rest easy knowing that behind the scenes are experts in the field ensuring that each aircraft is operating impeccably. It’s a responsibility they take immense pride in.
“We as a team work diligently to make sure the aircraft is safe, and when it takes off you see these engineers,” he says. “They’re watching the airplane take off and fly, and the pride of what they have done. You can smile within yourself knowing that the travelling public is safe.”