In 2007, shortly after completing an integrated training course and receiving my CPL/IR, I managed to secure a job with XL Airways. Less than a year later the airline went into administration and I found myself job hunting again.
With very few hours and a lot of pilots out of work I struggled to get an interview and, as time wore on and my experience was less and less recent, finding that First Officer position seemed to become impossible.
I began working any job I could find at the airport and it was whilst working in security that I bumped into an old colleague who told me about Kura. I was initially sceptical but decided, on the strength of the people who were working for Kura, that it was worth a shot.
The help I received from day one was incredible. The trainers at Kura are extremely knowledgeable and everyone there is determined to help you succeed. They gave me everything I needed to bring my skills and my confidence back up to speed, both in and out of the aircraft. The course is tailored to giving you what you need in order to become an excellent First Officer and understand what the airlines need to see from you before they will offer a job.
The most incredible thing about Kura, in my opinion, is their generosity. To be given the opportunity to sit in on courses again at no extra charge, for someone to offer their time and experience to help prepare for airline selection, to know that someone is on the end of a phone when you need them, these things are invaluable and in this industry, and in my experience, unheard of.
Without Kura I believe wholeheartedly that I would never have made it back onto the flight deck and would still be frustrated at not being able to start my career. I, and the travelling public, have a lot to thank Isobel and the Kura team for.