COMES INTO LAND: Captain John Grady prior to his final flight from Gladstone after 45 years in the air.
COMES INTO LAND: Captain John Grady prior to his final flight from Gladstone after 45 years in the air. Luka Kauzlaric GLAJOHN

Captain retires after flying Gladstone route for 38 years

FORTY-five years is a long time in any industry, let alone the high pressure job of an airline pilot, flying charters and for airlines around the country.

Caboolture-based Qantaslink Captain John Grady touched down in Gladstone for the last time on Thursday afternoon after what has been a stellar career.

The man described as a "true gentleman" by fellow Captain Peter Schryver has flown in and out of Gladstone for 38 of his 45-year career.

His wife Denise said while flying had been his life, the couple would be relying on four wheels for the next chapter of their lives.

"There won't be much flying going on now," Mrs Grady laughed.

"We've bought a caravan and we're going to try and see everywhere between the places we've flown, not just the airports."

The son-in-law of Tannum Sands identity Jack Byron, Mr Grady said he had seen plenty of changes during his tenure in the skies.

"I've seen a lot of changes in the industry during my time, but for me flying a light aircraft in and out of London is still one of the best flights I've ever done," he said.

Up in the air

  • Capt Grady has logged 26,500 flying hours during his 45-year career
  • John's flown 737s, DC-9s, Dash-8s during his tenure
  • Rated flying light aircraft in and out of London as one of the highlights of his career
  • Flown overseas flights as well as charter flights across Australia