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Dave F

First Officer

Experience

fATPL, looking for first commercial flying role

Most Recent Aircraft Type:

SEP/MEP

Training Route

Integrated

Aviation Specific Degree:

No

Languages:

English

Location:

UK

Additional Experience/Qualifications:

fATPL

Passions, Interests and Experience:

Why did you want to become a pilot?

I had a passion for aviation from the first time I flew to go on holiday in 1992. My Dad has always been into aviation too, so I think I get some of that passion from him! My intention was to go to University and then apply for a cadet programme, however, due to the events of 9/11 these plans were put on hold and I found a career in the attractions industry. Eventually, I decided to pursue my dream once I had the resources to do so!

How did you fund your training?

Primarily through my own savings with some support from my family for living costs during the course.

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

My primary concern was having been out of education since 2002, whether I would be able to keep on top of the ground school studies. It was a lot of hard work but I was pleased with my exam results and the hard work paid off. One of my favourite flights was as I reached the end of my single engine training and flying over a snow-covered Wales on a beautiful winter’s day. I’m looking forward to having more views like that in the future. 

Which part was the most challenging?

The volume of information to absorb during ground school can be daunting, so it helps to work with your peers and also spend time outside of lessons with the instructors if required to go over any concepts that may need revisiting.

What do you think you will enjoy most about an aviation career?

The sheer number of people that you get to meet! I’ve always been a people person so this is an element I’m really looking forward to. As well as continuing to drive myself to perform better and develop myself as a pilot. 

Pilot Competencies

Situational awareness and communication – The sharing of mental models with colleagues in a concise way to ensure that everyone is on the same page. This can be applied to so many things other than flying, whether that be work or personal life.

Additional Info

Before embarking on a career in aviation, I enjoyed a career in a well-known attractions company at several locations in the UK, culminating as Head of Operations at one of London’s most recognisable landmarks. I also worked for Transport for London for around 3.5 years so have experience of working in the public and private sectors and can discuss how skills can be transferable to other industries.

I am also keen to provide some support to those individuals who may just be starting their aviation journey and going through their training, as I was recently in your position and am keen to share any hints that may be beneficial!