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1 Life as an Airline Pilot James Welch Senior First Officer Virgin Atlantic Airways Airbus A & 600

2 A bit about me Left school with no career plan. Left University after a year and got an office job with British Airways. Left school with no career plan. Left University after a year and got an office job with British Airways. Realised my friends were leaving University with a career ahead - I had a job. Realised my friends were leaving University with a career ahead - I had a job. Decided to pursue a lifelong ambition to be a Pilot. Decided to pursue a lifelong ambition to be a Pilot.

3 Life as an Airline Pilot How to become a pilot? How to become a pilot? My day at work. My day at work. Life as a pilot. Life as a pilot. Questions? Questions?

4 Pilots unions in the US estimate a demand for 19,000 new pilots worldwide every year for the next 20 years to cope with expansion! Source: British Airline Pilots Association Log August / September 2008

5 How to become a Pilot What qualification do I require? Airline Transport Pilots Licence (ATPL) (Commercial Pilots Licence with Frozen ATPL) Which country should my licence be issued in? Depends on where you want to work, USA (FAA) or Europe (EU OPS). Both widely accepted worldwide, but only FAA in the US, and EU OPS in Europe.

6 Training Routes Integrated Full time, residential course. 12 to 18 months. Fully structured course combining ground school classroom based study with intensive flight training. Downside Cost: (£70,000 approx) Modular Part time course, with distance learning options available. One stage at a time as time and money allow. Not tied to one training establishment. Downside Takes longer

7 Your first aircraft

8 Integrated Course Summary Ground school – 27 Weeks Ground school – 27 Weeks Exams in 14 subjects, sat in two groups of 7 Basic flight training – 20 Weeks Basic flight training – 20 Weeks Single-engine aircraft (120 hours) Advanced flight training – 12 Weeks Advanced flight training – 12 Weeks Multi-engine aircraft + simulator ( hours) Extras Extras Multi pilot jet training (simulator), Interview and CV preparation Some training establishments allow the integrated course to form part of a Degree in Air Transport Management.

9 Advanced Trainer

10 First Job!

11 Did you know! Did you know that the world's shortest commercial flight is considered to be Logan Air's flight between the islands of Westray and Papa Westray in the Orkneys? The distance is one and a half miles, lasting 1 minute 14 seconds.

12 Shorthaul

13 My Day at Work Short Haul 3:30am Wake up 3:30am Wake up 5:00am Report at the airport. Pre flight planning. 5:00am Report at the airport. Pre flight planning. 6:00am Depart on first sector 6:00am Depart on first sector 6:00am to mid afternoon. Fly up to four flights around Europe. Each flight 45mins to 2 hours long. 40 minutes between arriving and departing. 6:00am to mid afternoon. Fly up to four flights around Europe. Each flight 45mins to 2 hours long. 40 minutes between arriving and departing. Mid afternoon. Hotel or home. Eat and sleep. Mid afternoon. Hotel or home. Eat and sleep. Next Day….Same again! Next Day….Same again! Roster pattern…Five to six days on, two or three days off. Roster pattern…Five to six days on, two or three days off. Working day 8 to 10 hours. Flying time 4 to 5 hours. Working day 8 to 10 hours. Flying time 4 to 5 hours.

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15 My Day at Work! Pre Flight (Crew Room) 90 minutes before Departure (12:30pm) Check Weather and Information Notices (NOTAMS) for the route, destination and alternates. Check Flight Plan. Check Weather and Information Notices (NOTAMS) for the route, destination and alternates. Check Flight Plan. Plan Fuel Load. More fuel – More time Plan Fuel Load. More fuel – More time More fuel – More Cost More fuel – More Cost Check Cargo Information Check Cargo Information Decide workload. Pilot Flying, Pilot Not Flying, Relief (3+ crew) Decide workload. Pilot Flying, Pilot Not Flying, Relief (3+ crew) Meet Cabin Crew Meet Cabin Crew Check aircraft state. Call engineers and ground handlers. Check aircraft state. Call engineers and ground handlers. Drink Coffee! Drink Coffee! Go out to the aircraft 1 hour before departure. Go out to the aircraft 1 hour before departure.

16 My Day at Work Aircraft (Ground) 50 Minutes before Departure Security check Security check Set up flight deck Set up flight deck Programme Nav computers Programme Nav computers Do external walk around Do external walk around Obtain final weight and decide final fuel Obtain final weight and decide final fuel Calculate take off speeds Calculate take off speeds Obtain ATC clearance Obtain ATC clearance Receive and check load sheet Receive and check load sheet Drink Tea and go! Drink Tea and go!

17 My Office

18 My Day at Work Airborne PF Flies the aircraft, with and without autopilot. Flies the aircraft, with and without autopilot. Updates Nav Computers. Wind Info, route changes. Updates Nav Computers. Wind Info, route changes. Monitors Aircraft systems. Monitors Aircraft systems. Decides best altitude. Decides best altitude. Manages fuel balance. Manages fuel balance. Plans approach and landing. Plans approach and landing.PNF Operates Radio. Operates Radio. Carries out abnormal procedures. Carries out abnormal procedures. Updates flight plan and calculates fuel figures. Updates flight plan and calculates fuel figures. Updates Weather Info Updates Weather Info Communicates with company Communicates with company Both: Drink tea, eat, read the paper, chat

19 Arriving! 10am Arrive Shanghai – 48 hours free time 10am Arrive Shanghai – 48 hours free time Two days later return flight home Two days later return flight home Three of four days off before next trip – Average of four trips per month Three of four days off before next trip – Average of four trips per month

20 Life as a Pilot Good Big Boys Toys Big Boys Toys Paid to travel Paid to travel See interesting places See interesting places Cannot take work home with you Cannot take work home with you Good pay Good pay Good time off Good time off Travel perks Travel perks Live where you want (Longhaul) Live where you want (Longhaul) Sociable Job Sociable JobBad Life ruled by a roster Life ruled by a roster Constant training and checking (Simulator, 2 days every six months) Constant training and checking (Simulator, 2 days every six months) Work through the night or start work early / finish late. (50 nights a year) Work through the night or start work early / finish late. (50 nights a year) A lot of time away in hotels A lot of time away in hotels Dont work with the same people regularly Dont work with the same people regularly

21 Days Off!

22 Flying jobs Helicopter Pilot Helicopter Pilot Corporate Pilot Corporate Pilot Survey Pilot Survey Pilot Flying Instructor Flying Instructor Engineering Engineering Cabin Crew Cabin Crew Military Pilots Military Pilots Air Traffic Control Air Traffic Control

23 My Dream Job!

24 Airbus A340 Facts The Airbus A is 4 meters longer than a Boeing The Airbus A is 4 meters longer than a Boeing Maximum Fuel Capacity 152,500kg Maximum Fuel Capacity 152,500kg Maximum range approximately 7500 nautical miles, 16 hours flying time Maximum range approximately 7500 nautical miles, 16 hours flying time The wing tips flex by over 4 meters on take-off The wing tips flex by over 4 meters on take-off It uses about 95,000kg of fuel to fly from London to Shanghai It uses about 95,000kg of fuel to fly from London to Shanghai Maximum take-off weight 368,000kg Maximum take-off weight 368,000kg Maximum landing weight 259,000kg Maximum landing weight 259,000kg Take off speed approx 160kts / 180mph / 300kph Take off speed approx 160kts / 180mph / 300kph

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