Robert Spicer

When did you know you wanted to be an airline pilot?

Becoming an airline pilot is all I ever remember wanting to do as a career but, if I was to choose just one moment that cemented it for me, it would be a visit to the flight deck at night as a child on a long haul flight back from a family holiday. I was fascinated by all of the tiny buttons and beautiful colours lit up and that experience is something that I’ll never forget - it has certainly driven me to make it to the flight deck.

When and where did you first learn to fly?

I first started learning to fly in 2016 at Wellesbourne Mountford airfield in Warwickshire.

What are you looking forward to the most about being an airline pilot?

The bit I’m looking forward to the most about becoming an airline pilot is developing a different perspective by viewing the beauty of the world from high above.

What challenges did you overcome on your journey to becoming an airline pilot?

The main challenge for me was funding my training, which meant that I needed to work full-time during most of it. Working and training at the same time was a high workload to manage and it took a lot of hard work, motivation and discipline.

What advice would you give yourself at the start of your airline journey if you could?

The advice that I would give myself back at the start of my Pilot training journey is that everyone’s journey to the flight deck is different and that there is no one single way of achieving the goal of becoming an airline pilot – focus on yourself, planning your journey and realising your goal.


If you weren’t an airline pilot what would you be?

If I wasn’t an airline pilot, I would probably still be in my previous job as a Finance Manager – saving up for my next flight, of course!

When did you land your first airline job?

I landed my first airline Pilot job just 24 days after completing my training at VA.

What aircraft will you be flying for your airline?

Boeing 737.

For those thinking about becoming an airline pilot, would you recommend it, and why?

For those who are thinking of becoming an airline pilot, I would highly recommend it – there is simply no other job that compares! Although, it is important not to underestimate the level of hard work and commitment that’s required to complete the training – it can be very demanding at times. However, if you’ve got the drive and motivation to realise your dream, I would absolutely say to go for it.