As we mark the fifth anniversary of the earthquake that struck Christchurch on 22 February 2011, our own Kate Cook is honouring the memory of Christchurch Tower air traffic controller Jilly Murphy who died in Cashel Mall that day.
A $5000 scholarship is in place in Jilly's name - the Jilly Murphy Memorial Scholarship for Aviation Safety is offered by Airways in conjunction with Christchurch Airport, and is awarded in February each year to an applicant who can demonstrate outstanding commitment to enhancing aviation safety. This year's scholarship has been awarded to Kate Cook, Airways' Operational Safety Coordinator and a former commercial pilot. Kate will use the scholarship to help fund her post-graduate study into human factors, including areas like fatigue, distraction or impaired reasoning that can impact on human performance.
Canterbury Television interviewed Kate about the scholarship, what makes her so passionate about aviation safety, and what winning the scholarship means to her. You can view the CTV interview below. Kate is a very deserving winner - we think Jilly would be proud!
CTV interview with Kate Cook