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Julie

fATPL Holder and Light Aircraft Sim Instructor

Airline Pilot Experience:

fATPL Holder and Light Aircraft Sim Instructor

Most Recent Aircraft Type:

Airbus A320

Training Route:

Modular ATPL

Aviation Specific Degree:

No

Languages:

English, French

Location:

UK

Additional Experience/Qualifications:

Accountant, Marketing Manager

Passions, Interests and Experience:

Why did you want to become a pilot?

I’m a daughter of a pilot and a cabin crew, I probably have an aircraft somewhere in my DNA so I grew up in the aeronautical environment. (I did mum’s job as a cabin crew for jet2 for two seasons, now I gained experience and improved a lot my English, I’m ready to do like daddy’s.)

It is not so easy to define in simple words the motivations that lead me to want to become an airline pilot, to express the sensations that invade me at the moment when I feel the full power and the wheels leaving the ground, whether it is as a pilot or as a passenger, it is fullness. The possibility of seeing the sun every day or mixing of colours at twilight, and having the head of the stars during night flights, I find it soothing.

Working for an airline would allow me to develop my skills and put them in the service of the Company by engaging in an exciting and rewarding adventure, both individually and collectively. Being curious and open-minded, I could, by being a first officer, strengthen and enhance my great human and relational qualities, travel, meet new people and get to know new cultures.

In addition, I am also capable of rigour and respect for procedures.

I am aware of the nomadic nature and constraints inherent to the job of an airline pilot, such as absence, fatigue due to delays or irregular schedules. At the same time, I am also fully aware of the responsibilities associated with the purpose of airline pilots, such as ensuring flight safety, helping to achieve the Company's objectives while respecting its requirements. This is an exciting and rewarding challenge. I particularly appreciate being able to evolve within a group and not having any routine.

How did you fund your training?

I found my training challenging, especially the ground school as English is not my first language and despite, I worked hard with great instructors around. Doing my training in England was the best idea I had.

I loved every second of my flying training. I have a CPL IR/ME SEP and I’m working on the aerobatics rating.

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

My ATPL was challenging, last time I went into the classroom I was 20yo for my degree. I didn’t see a classroom for 10 years, starting this training at 30yo with a new language that I started to learn a couple of years ago was complicated. Also, I had no background in physics and I had to work hard before to start my training as self-learning. it was hard during my training but I always knew the price at the end worth all the sacrifices. I enjoy all my flights and I first time passed all my exams.

What was most challenging?

Definitely the ground school.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I would say FLYING!

What is most challenging about your job?

I can easily say waking up early! I love to watch the sun rise but I don’t like the alarm ringing before 7 am. (I do wake up, of course, but I don’t really enjoy that moment of the day.)

Which of the pilot competencies are of most interest to you and why?

I would say, solving problems. As a pilot we need to think ahead all the time. It’s also part of being a team player, sharing ideas building resilience, being patient, cold head and knowledge, of course, are all part of solving problems which make every day different.

Additional info:

I have been a horse-riding instructor for 5 years. I coached people from 4 yo to 80 yo with different experiences and different needed. I liked this time as I like to teach and help people to progress and find solutions.

I’m also a sim instructor on light aircraft to help people maintain their skills, building new ones, also to introduce the aviation for all!

I’m French and mum of 2 little children looking for opportunities as a first officer. I’m in the pool with Air France but unfortunately, they might not come back to me soon (more likely in 5 years now).

I like to help people, it’s a part of me and always will be. I know this time is hard for all of us, looking for the miracle. We have to be patient and it can be difficult sometime. I’m working as a courier delivering parcels 5 days a week, I don’t enjoy this job but I don’t have a choice at the moment, I can surely help someone who feels the need to speak, to look for reassurance, yes, we might not have the job of our dream at the moment but whatever we’re doing can’t be useless. We used a lot this expression in French that “which doesn't kill us makes us stronger”. Doing a job that we don’t like, having a life that doesn’t fit us (yet), manage the home life and all the things around can be challenging, maybe being far from friends and family is also another stress. Helping each other is how we will succeed for better days. If I can help even one person, I’ll be more than happy, and I’m sure I will also learn something new as we’re all different, we all learn from each other and that is the magic of life!