…a few things I’d suggest considering before starting a journey to the flight deck:
Very little can prepare you for it, and it can be compared to nothing. Everyone has a different experience, I’m just so lucky mine has been so positive. Despite that, there have been some bumps in the road. Surround yourself with positive people, ignore the over-competitive vibes, and take some home comforts with you (marmite). That’s a winning combo right there.
You can never be too organised at flight school. Turn up 15 mins early for sims, or you will be shouted at by angry Scotsmen. Try and wear the uniform as properly as you can or suffer the consequences of frequent humiliation from ex-RAF ground school instructors. And finally, buy the whole of the stationary store. I’m talking post-its, HB pencils, little notebooks, highlighters, page markers, memory cards… I may be one of those lame kids who used to spend pocket money on a new pack of scented gel pens, but seriously, you will need to make notes on everything so might as well make them pretty and easy to read.
Really, really choose a course that suits you. You have to think of all eventualities. Unfortunately, I was left heartbroken when my airline sponsor went under, leaving me a couple of weeks from finishing an MPL, with no job, and a potential £30,000 fee to pay overnight to convert training paths to a new license. The school were super supportive, and helped me trade in my 737 sim for the little Warrior once again, to start hour building and working towards a CPL/IR as part of an ATPL. The industry then completely collapsed in March 2020 with the COVID-19 pandemic leaving the whole of my future and my training hanging in the balance, but more on that on another post…