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FlyBe intervjuade sex av våra Professional Pilot Program studenter  – och alla blev erbjudna en position på FlyBe som styrmän.

Tre av dem, Joakim Bosved, Emil Baude och Manne Nilsson (som ni kan se i bilden nedan), hade inte ens avslutat sin utbildning när de fick beskedet.

Nedan kan ni läsa intervju med de tre killarna.

FlyBe anställda studenter


Joakim Bosved

 

Q1. Why did you choose to attend SAA?

A: I researched several schools thoroughly and came to the conclusion that SAA was the best provider of flight training. The opportunity to study in San Diego was for me appealing. I also thought the program had a good price tag.

Q2. What is your favourite memory from flight training?

A: Cruising the coast of California with my class mate in another airplane, a few minutes ahead, preparing to cross LAX at 1500 feet on our way to Santa Barbara.

Q3. How has your accommodation been during your studies?

A: It was fine. The location is close to school which is convenient and days off it’s about 30 minutes from the California beaches.

Q4. How would you describe a typical day in the life of a pilot student?

A: No day is the other one alike!

Q5. What is the difference between flight training in San Diego and Västerås? Do you feel like it has been of value to get practice in both locations?

A: The main difference is the traffic volume. Also the pace of the traffic, including traffic control. Gillespie field has a greater volume of traffic than Arlanda, and still is not considered a big airport. In Västerås you’re often the first to land but in San Diego you may be number four with a 737 in front of you and you are asked to keep speed up since there’s a 737 right behind you as well.

Q6. What will you do after graduating?

A: Start working for FlyBe, where I just recently got hired after an interview that SAA set up for me and a few of my classmates.

Q7. What advice would you give others who are about to start flight training?

A: Start when you feel ready. Life experience, such as university studies or/and travelling will benefit a lot in my opinion. Also, you must accept that when you start your training, terms such as “weekend” will no longer be. It is not uncommon flying Saturday nights and be back in the aircraft Sunday mornings.

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Emil Baude

 

Q1. Why did you choose to attend SAA?

A: After a thoroughly research where I compared different schools and alternatives, I ended up choosing SAA’s Professional Pilot Program in San Diego. The fact that 12 out of 18 months are conducted in San Diego was of course very appealing, but the course outline, the modern facilities of the school and the modern fleet, along with SAA’s long experience with flight training was what I based my choice upon.

Q2. What is your favourite memory from flight training?

A: The possibility to, after I had completed PPL (Private Pilot License) in San Diego, bring friends and family on private flights over the amazing views that California offers. For example in the sunset through San Diego, watching the skyscrapers and then continue along the coast and the beaches up to LA. Another time we were following a big shoal of approximately 50 whales outside the coast, north of San Diego, and then 20 minutes later we were having lunch at a small airport right before it was time to head home again.

Q3. How has your accommodation been during your studies?

A: The accommodation was fine. The apartments were close to school, and above all it was a really good atmosphere amongst the students living in the neighbourhood. The possibility to lay down by the pool after flight training a hot summer day was also really appreciated.

Q4. How would you describe a typical day in the life of a pilot student?

A: Lessons or flying, sometimes both. You need to keep a high pace on the studies to keep up, so a lot of self-studies as well. Lunch at the airport café, with a view of the runways was one of the favourite parts of the day! But as long as you plan your studies well you will have plenty of time to experience everything that the city has to offer. Volleyball at the beach or maybe a hike along one of all the hiking trails in the mountains that you can reach in less than 30 minutes by car.

Q5. What is the difference between flight training in San Diego and Västerås? Do you feel like it has been of value to get practice in both locations?

A: The biggest difference is the pace of the flying. There is a lot of airspace traffic in San Diego and you quickly need to be able to adjust to different situations that can occur. You should never expect a quiet moment in the air in San Diego, which I think has been incredibly educational. You also get very well prepared from the very start of your pilot education by starting your flight training in one of the world’s most busy airspaces and land on big and heavily busy airports. I thought it was excellent to end the training in quiet Västerås as well. I felt like it was a perfect way to tie all the newly-gained knowledge together in peace and quiet.

Q6. What will you do after graduating?

A: Some of my classmates and I got the incredible opportunity to be interviewed by FlyBe – something SAA arranged for us before we had even graduated. Now all of us look forward to start a type rating in Great Britain with FlyBe.

Q7. What advice would you give others who are about to start flight training?

A: Whatever education you choose, regardless if you end up in San Diego or Sweden, make sure to study hard but do not forget to take breaks and do other things occasionally. The atmosphere at the school is fantastic and you will find friends for life here!

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Manne Nilsson

 

Q1. Why did you choose to attend SAA?

A: When I researched different schools, I thought SAA felt like the most serious one. To start the flight training in San Diego was also very alluring.

Q2. What is your favourite memory from flight training?

A: When a friend and I were going to fly something called “solo cross country”. You fly quite far alone, land at a couple of airports and then return back home. Both of us were flying at the same time to an airport in Los Angeles in individual airplanes. In the airspace we were able to see each other and occasionally we could also hear each other on the radio. Once we arrived to Los Angeles we went for lunch together and then flew back home to San Diego.

Q3. How has your accommodation been during your studies?

A: It was nice little apartments, located close to the school and with a pool in the courtyard.

Q4. How would you describe a typical day in the life of a pilot student?

A: A typical day would be to start off the day in San Diego with a theory class before lunch, and then flight training. After that, returning back to the house for some more studying and then end the day by the pool or driving to the beach.

Q5. What is the difference between flight training in San Diego and Västerås? Do you feel like it has been of value to get practice in both locations?

A: Absolutely! In San Diego I gained a lot of valuable experience, such as flying in a busy airspace, in varied terrains and with pilots from different countries flying in the same airspace and everything at a very high pace. In Västerås we gained more experience of flying in bad weather.

Q6. What will you do after graduating?

A: I got a job at FlyBe and will start there in a couple of months. It will be in Great Britain and we will start off flying domestic flights; something I look a lot forward to!

Q7. What advice would you give others who are about to start flight training?

A: This is something you really do not want to miss! It is an incredible life experience and an amazing journey, and with a positive mind you can reach far.

Publicerad: 2016-01-28

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