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.
Flying wise, after 12 months I’m still learning a lot but I’m comfortable in the majority of the day-to-day operation and am confident in my ability. There’s still lots of destinations for me to tick off too! Every day I still come home from work looking forward to the next time I get to fly.
For anyone who is thinking about pursuing this as a career, I can wholeheartedly say it is totally awesome. The training journey is tough but believe me, it’s worth it when you get here!
So what’s been the best bit? Well it’s hard to say, but probably the variety! From Glasgow to Lanzarote, Porto to Tel Aviv and Copenhagen to Ajaccio there’s been so many brilliant flights to such different places. One highlight was my shortest flight; an aircraft needed to be repositioned from Paris Charles-de-Gaulle Airport to Paris Orly Airport, a total distance of 22 miles and a flight time of just 14 minutes.
Another highlight was during my initial line training where I had the opportunity to fly out of a few of our different bases. These included Glasgow, Edinburgh, London-Stansted and London-Gatwick. I really enjoyed working with different people and flying to destinations I wouldn’t normally get to fly to from CDG.
One year done. Many more to come! This next year another new adventure awaits as I transfer base to Manchester (aka the best city in the world). Exciting times ahead!
- Ryan Clyde