Aviation was a passion of mine since I was a boy. As I found out more about the life of a professional pilot, I realised that I wanted to be part of a team that delivered transport and customer service to an exceptional standard.
I graduated from my integrated training course in May 2008. The recruitment situation at that time was bleak; there were no airline jobs for newly qualified pilots and pilots were being made redundant. One year on, a few airlines were recruiting, but asking for far more hours than I had flown.
Once it had been twelve months since the end of training, my school no longer put me forward for jobs and airlines were not taking direct applications. For 6 years I waited, finding it hard to believe I would ever be a professional pilot.
One day my brother, a British Airways Captain, heard about KURA from a colleague and told me about it. I enrolled almost immediately. The BESTPILOT programme was spot-on and totally up to date. The CRM, in particular, was outstanding.
I got an interview with BA CityFlyer immediately after completing the programme and was amazed to begin my new career in February 2015, just 4 months after starting with KURA.
Would I recommend KURA to friends? Absolutely! To anyone with an Instrument Rating and a Commercial Pilot Licence who wants an airline job, I’d say the training is more than worth the investment. The training you receive is airline standard, so you are totally prepared for your new role as an airline First Officer. Once you start type, base and line training with your new employer you’ll be ahead of the curve because of the skills you gained through BESTPILOT.