James

A320 First Officer

Current location/base: LHR

Previous airline/s: easyJet

Previous role/s (pre pilot training): Personal Trainer / Fitness Instructor

 Uni degree: Professional Aviation Pilot Practice BSc

 Airline training route: Integrated ATPL

 ATO/s attended: Go Fly Oxford & CTC Aviation

 

Why did you want to become a pilot? 

After being fortunate enough to travel on a few long haul holidays when I was younger, I always imagined how exciting it must be to be sat at the front & doing it as a job. From a young age my family has always taken me to Air Shows at RNAS Yeovilton & Culdrose. I always had the passion to focus on relevant studies in school that would help me progress.I love the idea of having the opportunity to continually travel around the world, meet great people & see some amazing sights!

 

How did you fund your training?

Secured BBVA Loan & Student Finance

 

Was training a breeze or did you find it a challenge? 

It was a combination. As I started flight training straight from Sixth Form, I was already in 'education mode' so there were aspects of this that I benefitted from. However, the large volume of content certainly made it a challenge. I enjoyed the training more as it progressed as it all began to slowly become more 'real'.

 

What was most challenging?

The most challenging parts of the training was the intensity. It seemed like we would work endlessly at least 6 days a week - even then feeling like we had so much to learn. 

 

What do you enjoy most about your job?

 I love visiting new places with a great crew, getting to explore new cities and take way friends & family. 

 

What is most challenging about your job?

Early starts, being away from home very often & the challenge of trying to stay fit and healthy.

 

Which Pilot Competencies are of most interest to you?

Communication. When I got started in aviation, I thought the most important skill would be flying ability. Whilst this is still true in some regard, the level and intensity of communication with your colleagues tops this. Being able to effectively communicate when the workload gets high is crucial. And when the workload is low, it's great to have the ability just get on with people on a day-to-day basis!

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