"When I look back at myself before and after my AirlineReady course, I see a huge difference. I think I've been very lucky to find this ATO and to meet such great people to complete my training with."
Peter was offered a First Officer position with Ryanair just a month after completing the AirlineReady course with VA.
I honestly don't remember my first thought about being a pilot, but I believe flying was in my family for generations, even thought I'm the first one to get this far. When I was 8 years old, I visited an airforce base where my Grandfather was based before WWII, and I remember seeing an aircraft towing and thinking "I'm not sure what they are doing, but I want to do that." Also, at that age I had my first experience in a seaplane taking off from a lake.
My Grandfather was stopped from flying due to the war, and the same thing happened to my Dad as he couldn't get into a flying school at his young age, and it wasn't as easily accessible to people as it is now.
My aviation career started in college - I couldn't afford to fly yet, so I decided to be as close to planes as possible, which led me to aviation college to an avionics class. I went to University for pilot training where I learnt to fly and did my frozen ATPL(A) licence. When I finished, I had trouble getting into an airline so went into avionics, most recently for Monarch Engineering on the B757/767 and A320.
I was looking online for an MCC course that most of the airlines recognised and VA came up. When I look back at myself before and after my AirlineReady course, I see a huge difference. I won't forget my training with VA - it was really intense, very well organised, and on the last day I didn't want it to end.
I am coming back to get one more session on the simulator before I start my Type Rating on the B737 with Ryanair. I think I've been very lucky to find this ATO and meet such great people to train with.