At the age of 17 I flew from Rotterdam to Gerona for a short holiday. I absolutely loved the flight, the power during takeoff, the feeling when rotating, the speed and the amazing views!
On returning home I booked a trial flight and, from that day, knew that flying was the career I wanted to pursue.
I choose an integrated course which I thought would best help me to achieve my goal, this because of the connections the school had with different airlines and the opportunities they offered their student pilots.
After graduating I found work in the aviation industry but unfortunately not as a pilot, there are a number of unemployed pilots working on the ground in various jobs supporting each other and sharing ideas and news. One on my colleagues, Jeroen, went on holiday; the next thing I knew was that he had an interview with BA Cityflyer. He has been working with Kura and told us about the training and the benefits of the BESTPILOT training. I decided to follow his example and last year applied to join the BESTPILOT programme which I completed in the autumn of 2015.
On a regular Tuesday morning this February, during my lunch break, I received a call from Isobel at Kura. Automatically my heart rate went up because I knew this could be the call I was waiting for! Finally my time had come. She asked if I wanted to attend an interview at Flybe that week. I was initially concerned about having sufficient preparation time but immediately realised that this was completely wrong, I had been preparing for this invitation ever since I started working with Kura.
Of course I was ready! The whole BESTPILOT course made sure I was ready. Technical knowledge, good; competency based interview preparation, good; industry knowledge, good; understanding the roles and responsibility of a First Officer, good; Flybe knowledge, good. I also had the whole journey to study the airline and, since I was flying with Flybe, I could ask the pilots and cabin crew some questions as well!
The team at Kura is amazing! Their knowledge is sky high and BESTPILOT provides so much extra information about being an airline pilot. It truly “bridges the gap between being able to fly and actually flying the line”.
Knowing that I have finally reached my first goal of getting employed as a First Officer brings a huge smile to my face. The feeling is hard to describe but I can say that it is AWESOME!!
I can now finally do what I love for my living, it has taken me nearly 5 years to get here but the key for me has been to stay positive, to believe and to keep current and involved in the industry!
Many thanks to the Kura team and to Flybe for making this possible!