Opening the doors of their training centre at Cambridge Airport, VA Airline Training welcomed nearly 250 visitors to experience flying an airliner simulator as well as listen to inspirational airline industry speakers at its First Flight careers weekend.

Launching the ‘First Flight’ event on March 16, 2019, was Captain Lindsay Craig from British Airways who described his own BA career pathway from cadet to captain and pilot manager, as well as answered questions about the new BA Newly Qualified Pilot pathway.

Further presentations were delivered throughout the two days from VA pilot graduates now flying with Titan Airways and Ryanair who spoke about what motivated them to become airline pilots and what pathways they followed to achieve their flying career aspiration.

Anthony Petteford, a partner with VA, delivered a series of general and informative presentations about the current pilot shortage; the choice of ways to become an airline pilot via the various regulatory pathways including modular, integrated and the MPL; along with pointers to aid making an informed choice.

The two flight simulators, Airbus A320 and B737 were busy for the entire weekend; full of aspiring airline pilots ranging in age from 5 to 50 experiencing the thrill of flight. Equally as busy was the opportunity to sit in a real training aircraft and experience where a flying career starts.

“The idea of our First Flight careers weekend was to open our training centre, new simulators and aircraft to everyone and inspire as many people as we possibly could to consider aviation as a possible career option. It was a truly amazing event and we will be holding many more of them in the future,” said Anthony Petteford, executive partner at VA Airline Training.