Achieving a Commercial Pilot Licence and Instrument Rating (CPL/IR), is in itself no easy process.
For modular-trained self-financed students like me, it is a great sense of achievement to have got that far. But, at that point you are still only an inexperienced light aircraft pilot, and a long way from the final finished product most airlines require as a First Officer (FO). Kura helps you bridge this gap.
Whilst I expected pilot job-hunting to be hard work, I thought with a decade of work experience across many sectors, it couldn’t be that difficult. I was wrong; the problem is differentiating yourself. You can send off quite literally hundreds of pilot applications and receive little or no response at all. Despite what you may have heard of a ‘pilot shortage’, this generally applies to experienced pilots – type rated with 1,500+ hours. I have seen several of my friends simply give up and go back to old careers, as there is no shortage of 300-ish hour CPLs, and airlines can be extremely selective.
I chose Kura to give me the very best chance, add something more to my training and make me more marketable. The BESTPILOT course was excellent and delivered to what appears to be a much higher standard than elsewhere. Even then, the BESTPILOT course is not a ‘golden ticket’, you still have to work hard to find that job, but Kura gives you the tools to do that, and plenty of support along the way.
Even at a tough time in the FO job market, I went ‘all-in’ to get established in the industry. My Kura training gave me a distinct advantage at charter flying, simulator support roles, instructing and flight calibration before securing an airline FO role.
I started with Flybe in April 2018, and even after qualifying as a First Officer, the BESTPILOT experience continues to help and cover all those things that other pilot training courses seem to miss. Even the little things like making ‘PAs’ and understanding what the Cabin Crew are doing all help to boost your competence and confidence in this demanding industry.