Although Capt. Dave Scott’s career was destined for the air, his introduction to the world of travel began on the water.
Originally from Cayman Brac, Capt. Scott is the son of a sea captain, and worked on his father’s cargo ships during summer excursions. “We’d go to New Orleans and Baton Rouge and places like that, but it took so long to get there,” Scott notes. “I said, ‘No. This is not for me.”
To the skies it would be. A family visit to Miami led to introductory flying lessons in Opa Locka. Scott received his pilot license and was flying jets at only 21 years old. He joined Cayman Airways in 1978 and was promoted to captain in 1980.
With a career in aviation that spans decades, Capt. Scott has certainly traversed the globe, but his favourite destination, work-wise, is neither a tropical getaway, nor an electric metropolis. It’s Dallas, TX, and for two very important reasons: steak and sleep. He explains the down time between flights usually only leaves room for rest and refuelling. “The airport is well laid out, very spacious. The hotels are close to the airport, they’re relatively new.” And, he adds, “The steaks are absolutely unbelievable.”
It’s a cross-Atlantic journey he holds most dear to his heart, however: a flight from Budapest to Cayman commemorating his final cross-Atlantic flight as pilot in command. Capt. Scott recalls the trip as a time of reminiscing and marvelling at aviation’s incredible achievements. “I kept thinking back of my days flying a four engine jet aircraft across the Atlantic, and here am I in a twin engine aircraft, flying a route very similar. See how we’ve progressed over the years?”
Capt. Scott is now retired from flying the line, and continues to infuse his wealth of knowledge and insight as Vice President of Flight Operations, responsible for the safety of flight operations and ensuring company policies coincide with national and international regulations. Capt. Scott heralds the implementation of an electronic training database and flight bag as two of his greatest accomplishments, expressing the value of emerging technologies as the industry continues to grow. “I always believe in forward thinking, and I’m always researching what else can be done to make us more efficient.”