After being repeatedly disappointed over a 2 year period with no luck in applying for a pilot job I started to feel less confident and less motivated.
My bank, which had provided the initial loan to start flight training, had identified an opportunity to finally start my career as an airline pilot. This involved simulator training through the AJFC, which the bank advised would bring me to a higher level in terms of knowledge and skill, and to a better position in terms of potential airline employment. Unfortunately, after finishing this course, I found out the AJFC by itself would not be enough to help me get the flying job I wanted.
Luckily, I came in contact with other pilots during the AJFC who were doing the BESTPILOT program. At first I was a little cautious due to all the disappointments in the last few years. But after a chat with Philip, and ex-Kura students, I was confident that this was the best opportunity there is!
From this point on everything suddenly went really fast, not even 2 weeks after finishing the AJFC I was in Stratford-upon-Avon to start the BESTPILOT program myself! The first week doing Pilot Fundamentals was hectic because this was also the first time I met Philip, Isobel and everyone else from the Kura team. My BESTPILOT assessment was also held during this week to see if I was able to start with the second week: Advanced Airline Preparation.
I passed and, thanks to the constructive feedback from the assessment, I knew what my main points for improvement were. During the AAP I really felt that I was growing and becoming more confident in my ability to successfully complete an airline interview and assessment. The Kura team and their aviation knowledge, combined with the great atmosphere, is such a motivator!
The Kura team provides great support and are always there to help you, even outside classroom hours. I can recommend any graduated pilot to do the BESTPILOT program in order to bridge the gap from flight training to the airline cockpit. Thanks to the help of Kura I had the amazing opportunity to join Norwegian! I will start with my type rating next week in Berlin and cannot wait to start flying the 737!