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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 1:20 pm    Post subject: RAF Reply with quote

My 21 yr old daughter who has her ATPL(A) is a fying instructor up at Cambridge.

We have just got the nod that she has just been accepted into the RAF to train as a Pilot and starts initial officer training in MAY!

Be a right laugh if she ended up on helicopters rather than fixed wing after flight training! Although I doubt it somehow.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Superb, I bet she is chuffed to bits Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations, thats a career i would have loved to have done, i got to the same stage as your daughter, two weeks before we were due to start IOT though i got a letter through saying they were oversubscribed for the course and had had to raise the medical requirements, i was one of the ones who got cut and was told i would have to start again in a years time when i was eligable again!

Fingers crossed for her. A hard journey but a worthwile one i should think!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

YesÖbeen on tenterhooks for the last 6 weeks.
She did her 4 day assessment 2 months ago and has been waiting for a decision in the post from 3 weeks in!
BomÖ.my mum lives just down the road from you in Llanelli and I have flown into Pembrey to visit her on a number of occasions. Next time Iím down, if I fly, Iíll let you know and I can pop in to Swansea and say hello.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is it the case that there are no jobs in the fixed wing business at the moment, is that why she is going the RAF route?

Well done to her and the best of luck!

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Yes thatís right....very little opportunity unless you want to go the Ryan Air route and pay £25k for a type rating. A couple of her mates who were on the same ATPL course as her did go that route but already want to move on.
There are a few jobs coming back to the market, but still very slow.

Elissa instructs up at Cambridge Aero Club which is a part of Marshals Aerospace
A high proportion of their test pilots are ex RAF, and after a number of visits RIAT and the like she fancied the idea. Her uncle is also an ex squadron leader and she got to fly the Euro fighter sim which he now instruct on. The assessment was tough, she worked for 6 months on fitness, politics, air power and improving her general knowledge, but then I guess it has to be.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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BomÖ.my mum lives just down the road from you in Llanelli and I have flown into Pembrey to visit her on a number of occasions. Next time Iím down, if I fly, Iíll let you know and I can pop in to Swansea and say hello.


Hey Helivator, that would be awesome, I'll PM you some details. Smile
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heliaviator wrote:
Yes thatís right....very little opportunity unless you want to go the Ryan Air route and pay £25k for a type rating. A couple of her mates who were on the same ATPL course as her did go that route but already want to move on.
There are a few jobs coming back to the market, but still very slow.

Elissa instructs up at Cambridge Aero Club which is a part of Marshals Aerospace
A high proportion of their test pilots are ex RAF, and after a number of visits RIAT and the like she fancied the idea. Her uncle is also an ex squadron leader and she got to fly the Euro fighter sim which he now instruct on. The assessment was tough, she worked for 6 months on fitness, politics, air power and improving her general knowledge, but then I guess it has to be.


So familiar!

People reckon its nuts having to learn all that before your even in, all about each aircraft type, performance, all the operations, all the weapons, the history and the politics and you get Q&A'd on it too! nightmare!

Good luck to her, keep us updated please, would love to know how she gets on!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 12:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Make sure she understands that she is only a trainee again.

ANY trace of an attitude ("I am already an instructor, and you are not teaching this sequence correctly") will rapidly cause friction.

I saw many air force students who already had civil licences and instructor ratings who were scrubbed because of an attitude problem and a reluctance to accept a different way of looking at some sequences.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 12, 2010 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Update..........Elissa graduates as an Acting Pilot Officer this Thursday and then goes off to RAF Valley for 6 months hold before commencing EFT back at Cranwell. Been a tough 30 weeks....had to to Decisive Edge in the snow!
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 12, 2010 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent news, well done Smile
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