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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? Awesome, me too! Back in 2015 I set out on the rather long pre-training journey. There is simply no denying that flight training is a complex industry in itself and there's certainly lots to think about before you even consider applying. With that in mind I penned this blog post to highlight my own process from that initial research right through to the first day of training. I hope you find it insightful.

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. Being on the final approach and briefly looking across to my right over the wing to see the sky was a cocktail of reds and purples - I won't ever forget that. The feeling that I had after touching down and taxiing back to the apron was inexplicably amazing – I think I even let out a little squeal following the Tower controller coming onto the radio with “congratulations on your first solo flight”.

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. Some of the “old school” captains are even a bit suspicious of it, since it involves more training in the simulator than the aircraft, so perhaps some of the information below, from my own experience of following the MPL route with L3 Airline Academy, will help to dispel some of the confusion surrounding what a MPL is.

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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