Thursday, 10 September 2009

The troubled path to the flight deck

I'm heading to Dublin later today to get ready for the third Professional Flight Training Exhibition on Saturday.

I'm very happy to say that all of the stand space has been sold and ticket sales are looking healthy.

With the route to the flight deck being long, tortuous and expensive it is no surprise that any dedicated airline pilot-to-be (and frankly, if you are not dedicated and tenacious you should find another career) wants to avail him or herself of the best information possible.

Quite apart from anything else, choosing the right school is bloody important, and these events give future students the opportunity to talk with schools from all over the world. They also provide a forum to meet fellow students, and cadets, and to talk directly to airlines (Aer Arann will be in Dublin) about the kind of thing they look for when recruiting.

What the events can't do (sadly) is to guarantee future pilots a job when they qualify, or an easy way of paying their way through flight-training. Now if I could do that...

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