Early on, my dream was to become a pilot. My first job in high school was at the dispatch desk of a flight school.
In 2003, while working as a flight instructor, I became lost in cloud, with a student in mountainous terrain. The aircraft struck trees but kept flying. An air traffic controller vectored us clear of terrain and back to visual conditions. You can read about that here.
Nearly two years later, I qualified as an IFR air traffic controller in Edmonton, Canada. Since then, I have tried to impart lessons learned from the front-line operations, as both a pilot and controller. I have run an online Aviation English training course and written articles for several industry publications.