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Experience as a Flight Instructor - Catharina Sabelis

Date: 11 April 2018

My name is Catharina and I am a Flight Instructor at the L3 European Airline Academy. I chose to pursue this career because I love working in the air. My goal is to become a Commercial Airline Pilot, but becoming a Flight Instructor has provided me an amazing intermediate and valuable experience. It has helped me to continue to develop the skills needed to be a professional pilot to the greatest extent I can.

Flight to Oxford, or maybe not! – Daan van der Heijden

Date: 4 April 2018

After a couple of days off, I was due to fly last Wednesday. I was scheduled to depart at 09:00 in G-DOSC (a DA42) for a flight down to Oxford where I would practice a hold overhead a beacon followed by an approach into a missed approach. After leaving Oxford's airspace we would head back to Bournemouth for another approach to land. En route we would do some general handling (stall practice, steep turns, unusual attitude recoveries and basic instrument flying on a limited panel).

Cross Country – Alex Bradbury

Date: 15 March 2018

Throughout November, the weather hadn’t really been on my side. The overcast, windy days were making it impossible for me to complete my Qualifying Cross-Country Solo. However, when a clear calm day was finally upon us, I jumped at the chance! Waking up and seeing the bright blue sky, made me realize that this was finally a reality. I got down to Fairoaks and spent the morning planning my route and then carrying out all the pre-flight checks. Once the plane was fuelled up to over tabs, I decided it was only right to fuel myself as well… with bacon sandwiches from the café, of course!

Catarina's Story – Women of Aviation Week

Date: 11 March 2018

Hi, my name is Catarina and I am in training to become a pilot at L3’s Airline Academy in Portugal. I was always taught that you can be and do anything you want if you have the strength and courage to go further. Throughout your life you will find many obstacles to overcome, one of them being what you want to do with your life, as a career, as a job, as a human being, as a woman… I was no exception.

Sonia's Story – Women of Aviation Week

Date: 10 March 2018

My name is Sonia and I’m a Flight Safety Officer at L3 New Zealand Airline Academy. My inspiration to pursue a career as a professional pilot was my father. He was an air force pilot, so I have grown up in the world of aviation at an air force base.

Abi's Story – Women of Aviation Week

Date: 9 March 2018

My name is Abi, my journey began at L3 CTS and the aviation industry over twenty years ago.

Jacqui's Story – Women of Aviation Week

Date: 8 March 2018

My name is Jacqui Suren and my journey within the aviation industry began with the Royal Air Force, which I initially entered as an Intelligence Officer. However in 1989 the government made the decision to allow female military pilots, and I was selected as one of the two first women to begin RAF pilot training.

Alicia's Story – Women of Aviation Week

Date: 7 March 2018

My name is Alicia, and my inspiration to become a pilot was my mother - Captain Emilia Niovani.

Alora's Story – Women of Aviation Week

Date: 6 March 2018

My name is Alora Pond and I am now a Training Group Manager at L3 Florida Airline Academy.

Lisette's Story - Women of Aviation Week

Date: 5 March 2018

Hi, my name is Lisette and I am training to be a pilot at L3’s European Airline Academy and I am delighted to tell my story for Women of Aviation week.

One Year On – Ryan Clyde

Date: 15 February 2018

One of the questions I get asked most is if I still enjoy the job. Absolutely! As you’d expect, the 3.30AM alarms become a little harder but going to work is still incredibly enjoyable.

Taking Those First Steps - George Botley

Date: 29 January 2018

So, for as long as you can remember you've wanted to be a pilot, right?

From Solo to Dual - Zak Wheatley

Date: 15 December 2017

My first ever solo flight was one of the most exciting experiences of my life to date. That moment of sudden realisation that I, and I alone, was in complete control of an aircraft in the air was both terrifying and exhilarating.

The MPL Route - Stephanie Cowan

Date: 29 November 2017

The MPL is one of the newest routes of training to take if you're looking for a way to the right hand seat of a commercial airliner. Quite often a lot of people I fly with haven't heard of the MPL program or if they have heard of it, they aren't really sure what it involves.

New Beginnings – Charlie Barclay

Date: 24 November 2017

Pilot training is no mean feat. An entire set of new concepts to grasp whilst moving away to a new environment and on top of all that, forming new relationships with those I'm going to be spending a vast amount of time with throughout the duration of my training. For me, it was a big change!

Back to School – Olly Sartain Berry

Date: 2 November 2017

Prior to commencing ground school our home was bustling with activity and excitement. The once distant prospect of flight training was quickly becoming a reality and finalising all the various contracts marked the point of no return for my career change into aviation.

Moving Abroad – Ryan Clyde

Date: 2 November 2017

"Congratulations! We can confirm your base is Paris CDG!"...oh. It's not that I didn't want to be based abroad - in fact quite the opposite - but I didn't actually know which base I wanted!

Ground School 101 – Charlie Barclay

Date: 2 November 2017

"6 months, 750 classroom hours, 14 ATPL Exams and a hell of a lot of coffee."

First Time in the Cockpit – Stephanie Cowan

Date: 2 November 2017

Despite having been in the simulator cockpit for the Dash 8 Q400 for the last few weeks, there was still a sense of everything being slightly unfamiliar and new as we stepped – or rather stooped down, the flight deck of the Q400 is a bit of a challenge, even for all 5'4"of myself - into the "real" flight deck of the Dash.

Why I chose Pilot Training over University – Zak Wheatley

Date: 6 September 2017

"I could give my all to what I was passionate about from the start, as opposed to spending three years doing what I would feel was wasting time and money. I wouldn't ever change the decision that I made, and I'm glad that I stuck to my guns with it. "

Eyes Turned Skywards – Olly Sartain-Berry

Date: 5 September 2017

"With a one-year-old son and wife to provide for, the biggest hurdle to overcome was budgeting our family's household expenses for the time I'd be in training; resigning from the security of an established career would be, at best, a risky move."

Graduation – Ryan Clyde

Date: 30 August 2017

"If there's one thing you can count on, it's that L3 Airline Academy know how to throw a party!"

Life in the 3% – Sophie Truran

Date: 21 August 2017

L3 Airline Academy Cadet Sophie has been trailblazing across television screens as a star of ITV's 'easyJet: Inside the Cockpit'. You'll see her successfully navigate solo across the New Zealand landscape with only a map, and taking control in ultimate g-force for some intense aircraft recovery training at our Academy in Bournemouth, UK.

Five of the Best Things About Airline Flying – Ryan Clyde

Date: 17 August 2017

L3 Airline Academy trainee pilot Ryan Clyde - who features in ITV documentary 'easyJet: Inside the Cockpit' tells us his favourite things about flying.

A day in the life of an L3 Airline Academy cadet pilot – George Botley

Date: 10 August 2017

"Hopping in the aircraft, completing the start-up checks, run-ups, taxi and take off, there's nothing that I have experienced to date that comes remotely close to the feeling of flight. If all you've done to date is fly as an airline passenger, then you are almost certainly in for a treat!"

Blogger bios

Date: 7 August 2017

Meet our bloggers, all L3 Airline Academy cadets who provide regular updates on life as a trainee pilot.

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