"I feel that the quality of training at VA had a massive impact on my success in the simulator assessment at Jet2. I have no doubt that the skills will help me during my type rating."
After completing the AirlineReady course at VA, Paul was offered a placement in the Jet2 Pilot Apprentice scheme and is now looking forward to starting his type rating.
"I have always had a strong interest in aviation, however it was my first holiday abroad at the age of 10 that set the idea in stone for me. I have family in Virginia, and traveling there was the first time that I had ever flown. From then on, I was obsessed with aircraft and fascinated by anything aviation related.
After high school, I completed a course in Airline and Airport Operations. I then started modular training to achieve my pilot licences whilst concurrently working at Manchester Airport. I then left this job to finish my flight training full time.
This is a fantastic scheme that gives me experience across all of Jet2's business areas, before starting a fully bonded type rating on either the 737 or 757. I am currently based in Alicante, and I look forward to starting my type rating soon!
I feel that the quality of training at VA had a massive impact on my success in the simulator assessment at Jet2. I have no doubt that the skills will help me during my type rating.
I couldn't have asked for better instructors during my time with VA. Everything from the ground school to the actual simulator sessions was made thoroughly enjoyable and if I had any problems the staff were more than happy to help. The sim itself is something to be experienced. It is by far one of the most impressive simulators I have ever seen, and combined with superb instructors creates a truly airline ready course.
I really enjoyed the jet orientation phase of the training. Learning about the handling characteristics of the jet and manual flying was really enjoyable and rewarding. I thoroughly enjoyed the Line Orientated Training flight completed towards the end of the course. To see the training come together into a full flight profile was greatly rewarding if not a little challenging.
My advice to future pilots would be never give up and have patience. Even if you have to work for years and complete parts of your training more slowly than you'd have liked, keep at it. Sometimes it feels like your making slow progress. It's important to keep your focus and to fly when you can, especially during the theory stages to remind yourself of why your doing this.
I would recommend VA to anyone who is researching where to complete their MCC.