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“Don’t be too hard on yourself. If something goes wrong or obstacles get put in front of you, you can always overcome them if you are willing. Time lost is better than dreams lost.”

Monday, 9th of April 2018. We at VA eagerly await our inaugural APS MCC course trainees.

As the first ATO in the UK to be certified to deliver enhanced MCC training to Airline Pilot Standards, these trainees are a new breed of pilot looking to secure their first airline role.

Six keen pilots walked into our Cambridge Airport Training Centre, ready and willing to be put through their paces, and among those pilots was Gabriele Padovano.

Today, we’ve graduated more APS MCC pilots than any other ATO in Europe, and like Gabriele, they’re now flying for a huge range of airlines. As we look back at that very first class, Gabriele answered a few questions about his experiences since graduating, and what led to him wanting to become an airline pilot.

Gabriele, when did you know you wanted to be an airline pilot?

I’ve always been fascinated by the aviation world since I was a child, visiting fight decks during night flights intrigued me, but I think that was more about the technology than wanting to become a pilot. It was only when I started playing with flight simulators and visiting real fighter jet cockpits when I was around 12 that my desire to become a pilot grew. It wasn’t until high school until I decided that I wanted to an airline pilot.

When and where did you first learn to fly?

I started at Aviomar Flight School at Urbe Airport in Rome in 2016, before coming to VA for my APS MCC.

What is your favourite thing about being an Airline Pilot?

I like how comfortable and relaxed my colleagues and I are throughout the day knowing that we’re doing our jobs in the best possible way.

When did you land your first airline job?

I got my job offer on 5th June 2018, just 38 days after completing my APS MCC.

What aircraft are you currently flying?

I’m currently flying the Boeing 737-800.

If you were not a pilot, what would you be?

Another airline pilot! Or, maybe a photographer.

And finally, what advice would you give yourself at the start of your airline journey if you could?

Don’t be too hard on yourself. If something goes wrong or obstacles get put in front of you, you can always overcome them if you are willing. Time lost is better than dreams lost.

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