After finishing my Integrated ATPL flight training in 2014 I started working at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport as a passenger assistant just to be within the aviation industry.
After one year I worked my way up to being a flight-dispatcher. In the meantime I was sending out resumes to every airline within and outside Europe. Still quite fresh out of flight training I believed I could find my first airline pilot job rather fast. Unfortunately this was not the case. After 2 years I was still working on the ground as a dispatcher and I had not even been invited to an interview. This was the moment I realised there might be too big a gap between my curriculum vitae and the skills the airlines were looking for. The industry was overcrowded with pilots freshly graduated from flight training. I had to find a way to stand out of the crowd and to make absolutely sure that, if I finally received my long awaited airline invitation, I would land that First Officer position at the first chance. I heard about Kura when two of my colleagues at the airport joined BESTPILOT; they were absolutely over the moon about the course. Both of them landed their first airline pilot job at major British airlines within 6 months. After hearing about the course from them I knew that Kura BESTPILOT would make me stand out in the overcrowded ab initio job market and fully prepare me for any airline assessment.
The course itself was amazing. I had been at several companies to improve my personal and professional skills and to improve my CV. But Kura was genuinely the first company where it felt like they were there to help you because they want to, not just because you pay them. This is one of the most beautiful things about Kura, from the very first moment you feel in place. I really enjoyed the gentle but professional atmosphere. The instructors will make you feel comfortable but also challenge you to discuss and think with the group. They will recognise your weaker points and they will help you on a personal level where needed. As course classes are rather small there will be time and space for personal interaction with all the Kura personnel which I truly loved.
I was in the very first group to participate in the Airline Jet Transition Training at Kura’s partner Virtual Aviation based at Cambridge airport. The training was delivered by highly professional and experienced pilots. Like Kura, the atmosphere was absolutely perfect for training. The instructors were friendly, open and were there to make me a better airline pilot, not just to teach me how to fly a simulator. After the simulator course I could say I was totally comfortable flying a jet.
After BESTPILOT I felt ready. My personal and professional, soft and hard skills, were on a level I was comfortable to present at any airline – I just needed that one airline invitation. My story confirms that, even though Kura has solid contacts with many airlines, you and just you are the one that will have to make it happen. After the BESTPILOT course I kept on applying to several airlines and 4 months later I was invited to an airline assessment!
The assessment was tough and there were several rounds. Interviews, aptitude testing, personality tests, simulator ride and last but not least; an interview with the CEO of the airline himself. I’m absolutely sure that without the BESTPILOT course I would have been extremely nervous; but I felt prepared and ready. I believe the best sign to prove the Kura BESTPILOT course works is that two BESTPILOTS were invited to the assessment and both of them got offered a First Officer job on the Fokker 100, including me.
We fly both Aircraft Crew Maintenance & Insurance and Charter, it is a demanding but great job. I have been flying this challenging operation for 4 weeks now and I absolutely love it! Thanks Kura, you were the best choice for training I’ve ever made!