Sunday, 12 February 2017

Careers Advice.



Guess what Oli wants to do when he leaves University?

When his plane landed yesterday, he went hot-foot to the cabin to be given a guided tour of the inner workings. He may not be able to see out of the windscreen yet, but he now knows how to fly it.

Chocks away, Cap'n Oli.




29 comments:

  1. Enjoy his stay! Great experience being able to visit the cabin.

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    1. Very lucky too, they don't normally allow cabin visits any more.

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  2. Our daughter-in-law's brother is a pilot with BA and my cousins son has just moved in with his girlfriend who is also a pilot with BA !!! I'll get them to put Oli's name down !!! Great photograph. Enjoy your time with your family Cro. XXXX

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    1. He seems quite determined. The Captain said he didn't need to be a wizz at maths, which I thought was a bit odd.

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  3. He is a big boy now,amazing how fast they grow up.

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    1. Well mannered too, he helped to clear the table last night; WITHOUT BEING ASKED.

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  4. I used often to travel in the cockpit when flying to and from and around the Islands. Now the cockpits are usually forbidden territory to all but the staff. Oli was fortunate.

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    1. Very much so. My son filmed the whole occasion, including all the advice

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  5. Oli is paying a lot of attention too.
    Enjoy your lovely grandchildren Cro.
    Greetings Maria x

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    1. He's very keen to become a Pilot. Lovely having them here, if only for a few days.

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  6. Lucky Oli, I bet he was thrilled. Have you got the boys for half term? Have they found their new den yet?

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    1. They're very excited about the caravan, and are already planning summer BBQ's etc.

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  7. The Royal Air Force is a great way to learn to fly and get paid to do it!

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    1. I believe one can join as a student pilot officer, be sponsored through university, and do just a few weeks training each year. Then once graduated sign up for five years. Sounds ideal.

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    2. Any other way is VERY expensive .... about £80 grand !!!!! You'd all better start saving !!! XXXX

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    1. Not such a daft answer. I went in a flight simulator at an Italian air show a few years ago and when I asked the pilot (just for fun I hasten to add) he actually much to my surprise showed me how to switch off the tracking device as happened in the real world with the disappeared Malaysian.

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  9. I've never flown commercially, but I did get to fly a light plane from Duxford to Ely a few years ago thanks to a friend with a pilots licence and enough trust to let me have the controls. Amazing experience!
    If Oli has the chance he should definitely go for it.

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    1. He seems very fixed on the idea (for the moment), and we're encouraging him.

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  10. This is very cool! To be in the company of such enthusiasm and optimism must be a thrill for everyone.

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    1. I wonder if it will happen. I do hope so.

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  11. That's wonderful that he actually knows what he wants to do with his life. My seventeen year old has no clue. A friend of ours flies and has his own small plane. It is quite the process and lots of hours to get your pilot's license. -Jenn

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    1. A late cousin of mine did his when he was at university. Later when fully qualified (he was a doctor) he was offered a job as a flying doctor in Oz. He should have accepted, but went to Canada instead.

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  12. What fun, that was very nice of the crew.

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    1. Absolutely. They don't allow visits much these days.

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  13. What a wonderful photo. So nice of the pilot to let him look in. What a lot of gages and buttons.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. In the video the pilot is explaining the emergency routine for if there's a fire on board, which was a bit odd.

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