Momentum (New Video)

After one year in training, EZMP01 have finished the Core Phase of the EasyJet MPL Programme! The core phase was finished off with a four week training phase at CTCs Bournemouth training centre where we completed three upset recovery flights and five DA42 Twinstar flights (including one in the simulator). Upset recovery looks at how to successfully recover an aircraft from a stall or an unusual attitude, and has come to the forefront of aviation training following the crash of Air France 447 in 2009. We completed these flights in the Diamond DA40 and the Scottish Aviation ‘Bulldog’, both of which were great fun to fly! A lot of focus was placed on our flights in the DA42 Twinstar, in which we focused on further developing our IFR route flying experience and had an in depth look at asymmetric flight and engine failure procedures. Again, the Twinstar was brilliant fun to fly and was notably more powerful than the Cessna 172! It sure made for an enjoyable summer, and we even found the time to visit the beach every now and again.

Below you can find a brand new video which shows how we spent the four weeks at Bournemouth (which was made all the better with wall to wall sunshine)! As usual, huge thanks goes to the staff at CTC who made this phase just as seamless and enjoyable as the previous phases. I hope you enjoy the video 🙂

For a detailed insight into our Bournemouth phase and the beginning of our basic phase, click here

 

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Flyer Exhibitions: Vital for aspiring Airline Pilots

I’m writing this post after yet another brilliant day spent at the Flyer Exhibition at London Heathrow. For those who do not know, Flyer Exhibitions are bi-annual events that take place at Terminal 5 (Others take place abroad in places such as Brussels and Milan) and are essential for anyone thinking about embarking on a career as a pilot. I first visited Flyer at the age of 14, and I cannot express how helpful the events have been for me.

Essentially, the event gathers together FTO’s (Flight Training Organisations), Airlines, Universities and various aviation groups, allowing you to find information on everything from training with a particular FTO or University, to bursaries and scholarships that are available, right up to information on recruitment and industry outlooks. It was here that I first had a face to face discussion with staff and cadets from CTC, Oxford Aviation Academy, BCFT, ProPilot, and many more FTO’s, and the format adopted by most allows you to speak face to face with Instructors, Students and Managers – all of which gives you an honest and well informed insight into the various training courses on offer.

Seminars from airlines, cadets, as-well as various aviation organisations are dotted throughout the day and serve as a great way to learn about such things as recruitment. This year for example, Ian Baston, Director of Flight Operations at Flybe, delivered a detailed presentation on the airline and how they recruit, as well as giving an outlook on the airlines’ future growth and on the Industry as a whole. Other seminars included a cadet talking about his experience training for West Atlantic under a scheme run in conjunction with ProPilot, a Coventry based ATPL ground-school provider. British Airways also gave a seminar on their Future Pilot Programme, and there was also an earlier seminar discussing Higher Apprenticeships.

In short, if you are trying to decide where to undergo your training and haven’t already visited a Flyer event, I can hand on heart say that you must attend one before deciding where to train. It’s from Flyer where you can get a true feel for the various organisations and the courses they offer, and most importantly, it’s a place to get all of your questions answered. From here, it is easy to arrange visits and to attend open days offered by many FTO’s (a vital step to allow you to get a feel for the facilities and the course/s on offer). I should emphasize that all methods of training are represented at Flyer; be it Integrated, Modular, Degree courses, Hour building courses or Groundschool training. It really is a great opportunity to contrast and compare the different ways that training can be done, all in one place.

Even now, when I am very close to starting my commercial training, Flyer provided an informative, reliable and enjoyable day out that allowed me to get the latest updates on training and recruitment straight from the horses mouth: the guys providing the training and the airlines recruiting.

Information on future Flyer Exhibitions can be found on the official website at http://exhibitions.flyer.co.uk/ .

Speak soon!