Piloting 2 Wellbeing Founder, Captain Reyne O’Shaughnessy, along with facilitator, Captain Duarte Lopes, have approximately 70 years of combined experience in the aviation industry. Their unique backgrounds and experiences have now been brought together to form a unique vision for creating the next generation of holistic aviation wellbeing and performance capacity.
Piloting 2 Wellbeing is focused on providing a version of aviation safety, performance, and learning that teaches far more than how to operate an aircraft. We serve the aviation industry, aviation universities, and airlines in implementing a holistic, supportive, and practical training experience in order to create a safer and more sustainable aviation environment.
At Piloting 2 Wellbeing, we believe that the aviation industry benefits most from a comprehensive approach to skills and knowledge: not in some distant future, but in this present moment. We’ve seen firsthand that wellbeing practices, along with a better understanding of our industry and ourselves, can connect and enhance all aspects of aviation.
From day one, our powerful approach begins the process of delivering pilots who possess a better understanding of themselves and the aviation sector, as well as how to manage their lives and wellbeing in a holistic way.
Captain Reyné O’Shaughnessy has been a commercial airline pilot for over 34 years for a Fortune 50 company. She currently captains B767 aircrafts and has logged over 10,000 hours of total heavy jet flight time. Her aircraft experience includes B727 and A300/310, and, notably, thirty four years ago was one of the first women B747 qualified.
Her interest in mental health and performance began while engaged as a volunteer in professional pilot union-sponsored programs (Critical Incident Response Program (CIRP), Pilot Assistance Hotline Team Hotline (PATH), and Professional Standards (ProStans)). This experience gave her insight to how physical and mental health, and performance are closely tied. As a result Reyné created the first ever health and wellness website designed specifically for airline pilots for her airline. Building on the desire to better her coworkers’ and her own health, Reyné holds a certification from Brown University in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) an institution known for academic rigor in public health. She holds a BS in Leadership, an Executive Certificate in Business from UC Berkeley, and is actively pursuing a medical health coaching accreditation.
Reyne O’ has over a decade of experience as a health and wellness strategist. She continues to be an aviation safety advocate centering on well-being (human factors) which impacts all aspects of safety based. She is a visionary leader who brings a clear idea of how the future of mental health and performance in aviation should look.
Two of Captain Duarte Lopes’ life goals are to keep a curious mind, and to make connections that might seem improbable. He likes to ask “Why not?”, and finds that, from the perspective of the beginner, the world is filled with endless possibilities
During his career as an airline pilot, Captain Duarte has experienced high stress / high demand situations over short and long periods of time. He’s seen firsthand the impact this has had on himself, as well as on other aviator’s professional and personal lives and mental and physical health. As a result, he feels compelled to find solutions for these problems. As he looked into other high stress/ high demand professions, such as first responders, medical staff, ambulance drivers, security forces, ATC controllers, and even stock market brokers/dealers, he noticed some similar patterns connected with the impact of these professions.
After starting a Peer Support Group based on Critical Incident Stress Management, it became clear to Captain Duarte that prevention and awareness is paramount for individuals and organizations; he also found that honest and frank discussion are key. We must be willing to have the difficult conversations and become proactive instead of reactive.
As the science began to grow, Captain Duarte became interested in mindfulness-based approaches to wellbeing. He found that Mindful Awareness Practices (MAP’s) offer effective support in life-coaching, CRM, mentoring, and training within the aviation sector. MAP’s support our ability to explore different perspectives and build bridges. Their benefits and techniques have also proven useful in a wider scope as part of his Peer Support System.
Now, he believes there really are endless possibilities to improve the quality of life for fellow aviators.