I was seven when I made my first flight. I was invited onto the flight deck of a B737 and was mesmerised by the experience - I still remember it vividly today!
Having got the bug, like many commercial pilots I trained at a recognised training school, (and I would certainly recommend to any aspiring pilot to try and get a place at one of the established training schools if they can).
After training I started my career as an instructor and progressed through turbo props, regional jets and had experience flying business jets too before applying to Virgin. I felt very fortunate to be offered a position, I had other offers too, but I found the excitement and adventure of Virgin Atlantic very attractive - and I also liked the lifestyle on offer - with interesting and varied destinations and of course modern equipped aircraft.
Virgin has really allowed me to expand my remit. For example I applied to join the Human Factors team and as an Instructor I was given a budget and the total freedom to make what turned out to be a very successful training development film.
If you're thinking of becoming a pilot I'd advise you to concentrate on your education and get good A level Maths and Physics, and a good degree will also help. When I joined I know that Virgin were looking for the right person, not just the qualifications, to really find someone who would work well with the team.
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