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Jamie Speller 

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

I have always wanted to be a pilot from a very young age. I remember being stood with my face pressed against the glass at the airport when it was time for my summer holiday as a kid and being in awe of those amazing machines as they floated effortlessly from the ground.

When and where did you first learn to fly?

I had my first flight in early 2017, my partner brought me a trial flight at Stapleford, Essex to see if it was definitely what I wanted to do before we spent all the money on the training ahead and I haven’t looked back since.

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

I’m most looking forward to visiting different countries, having the responsibility of operating such incredible machines and operating in and out of challenging, yet rewarding airports, eventually all over the world.

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

For me the entire journey was a tough one. Working alongside a full time job for the 18 months it took me from zero hours to (f)Atpl was a real challenge. I moved house, suffered bereavement and changed jobs which made the whole process so worth while at the end.

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

I would say to myself, even on the darkest of days, remember exactly why you are doing this. I found that it’s really important to be able to detach yourself from the studying especially, when things weren’t quite going to plan. Being able to step away and come back when you have a clear head will pay huge dividends in the long run. Just try not to let any of the setbacks dishearten you because there will undoubtedly be many.

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

I was a gas engineer when I started my training having done an apprenticeship when I was younger, so I guess I would still be doing that.

When did you land your first airline job?

I landed my first job less than a month after finishing my APS MCC at VA.

What aircraft will you be flying for your airline?

Dash 8 Q-400

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

The whole training process is very tough but very rewarding. You will be in a position of high responsibility and very well respected, especially among your peers. It may also afford you the opportunity to fly around the world and perhaps fly a multitude of different aircraft types. And what’s not to like about seeing the sunshine everyday about the clouds?