When did you know you wanted to be an airline pilot?
I’ve wanted to be a pilot from the age of 9 when I first visited a flight deck.
When and where did you first learn to fly?
I started my PPL in January 2016 at Coventry airport. I attended the club every weekend for lessons, however due to the weather progress was very slow and so I completed my PPL in July 2006 in the USA. Once back in the UK, I later added the night rating, IMC and a basic aerobatic certificate.
What are you looking forward to the most about being an airline pilot?
I am looking forward to working with different people and experiencing a truly dynamic working environment.
What challenges did you overcome on your journey to becoming an airline pilot?
Self funding the training has required careful financial planning and management. Finances aside, I had not really studied since completing university in 2007 and so starting the ATPL distance learning after such a break from studying felt like a huge task, but concentrating on one module at a time made the experience manageable.
What advice would you give yourself at the start of your airline journey if you could?
Enjoy it. I have met some great people already through my learning and training and it has been a predominantly supportive and enjoyable environment to be in.
If you weren’t an airline pilot what would you be?
I worked in construction management for 15 years prior to this but I simply did not have passion for construction. If I was not an airline pilot then I would look to find a route into flight training.
When did you land your first airline job?
I attended two assessments within 5 weeks of completing the APS MCC with VA and I was offered positions with both airlines. I signed my contract for the type rating training in May 2019, 6 weeks after completing the APS MCC with VA.
What aircraft will you be flying for your airline?
For those thinking about becoming an airline pilot, would you recommend it, and why?
I have not gained any experience of life as an airline pilot yet, however the experiences I have gained getting to this point have been challenging but ultimately rewarding and positive. If you have a passion for aviation and you are fully committed to achieving your objectives, then you should start researching your options for routes into the industry.