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Bianca Barbarich-Bacher


Personal Information

Peer Year

2010

Town / City

Christchurch

Country

New Zealand


About Bianca

Profession

Currently employed

Industry

Aviation-Pilot

Position

During my time at St Cuthbert’s College, I competed in 11 sailing world championships and a pre-Olympics event between the ages of 13 and 18, gaining three world titles. I went on to complete a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Hons) at the University of Auckland, which led me to work as an aeronautical engineer for Air New Zealand. In more recent years, I followed my aviation passion and began a career as a pilot. Initially after gaining my licences and qualifications, I worked as an instructor and charter pilot in Blenheim. In 2019, I was awarded the inaugural Young Aviation Professional Award by the Civil Aviation Authority of NZ (CAA) in recognition of a number of safety projects and initiatives, which I developed during my time working in Blenheim. Now, I am a pilot with Air New Zealand flying the ATR72-600, a 68-seat turboprop aircraft. I am following in the footsteps of my mum who was also an Air New Zealand pilot for 27 years. I absolutely love my job and come home everyday with a smile on my face.

In which way am I able to provide career advice?

Face-to-face, Email

How would I like to connect?

I'd love to connect socially, I'd be happy to share career advice

My favourite St Cuthbert's memory

I have a lovely photo from my first day at St Cuthbert’s in New Entrants and so many wonderful memories from that day forward. A memory that stands out from my time at St Cuthbert’s was the amazing welcome and celebration on my return from Italy having become the 420 Sailing World Champion at age 16. It was also an incredible milestone to finish my last days at the college with a handful of girls who had also started their journey that very first day with me too – we loved our celebrations with strawberries and cream!

My alumna wisdom

Deciding what you want to do can be difficult; make sure you choose something that you are passionate about! If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life – Marc Anthony.

If you are still working on figuring out what that is, don’t be afraid to make a change or explore what options you have.

At first, dreams seem impossible, then improbable, and eventually inevitable – Christopher Reeve.

You will learn a lot about yourself as a person by applying your existing skills and perseverance to a new field. Remember whatever you choose now and in the future, your family and friends are your best support system.

Additional info

I have had a wonderful time living in the South Island for the last three years and will be moving back to Auckland this year. Please get in touch if you are thinking about a career in aviation or would just like to catch up!