hey guys

Rob. 20. Leeds/Manchester.I like planes.

i know the initially cost for the integrated training method seems way more expensive, overall, in the long run, its almost similar. These figures may seem scary to some people, especially me. 
But the modular route from 0 hour to before type rating you’re looking at about £30,000-£35,000 maybe. Then the type rating MAY be paid for by the airline, butttt i think if you’re a low hour pilot and you want to appeal to an airline with such little hours you may have to fund yourself which is an extra £15,000-£30,000. Its very difficult to get a loan for this, and obviously no connection with an airline or guarantee of a job. 

Integrated however, requires “a deposit” they call it of £70,000. And they then ask for additional training costs in the range of £20,000-£40,000. If succesffull on one of these schemes you can apply for a loan for the full costs, secured against parents home. The ones im looking at you are given a “conditional offer of employment” by an airline easyjet/ flybe/ monarch. Conditional on if you pass the training, and a job position being open. Once fully employed by the airline you get the £70,000 back over 7 years, so you can pay part of the loan of and the other £20,000-£40,000 can be paid of using the wage you’d be getting from the airline (easyjet estimate starting of £38,000/annum!). meaning overall i’ll have paid only £20,000-£40,000 for the training! 

I am lucky enough that my parents have said they’re happy to secure loan against house. i think they prefer that than for them having to pay the full cost for the other route. But the links with airlines and things just seems like less risk in the long run. But there is still risk, because its difficult to predict if 18-24months from beginning to end of training whether airline will be doing well and still have positions open as they forecast. buttttt if those airlines dont have positions, then the ones that employ modular pilot probably wont either. 

the more i think about it the more it annoys me

so the uni is linked to this flying school at an airfield near us. and i did my PPL training there the summer after first year. It was awesome obviously, and good school. But the guy who runs the training school one day when it was raining got us all in a room. And described to us how doing the rest of the training with him is the cheapest and best option, drawing out a timeline and putting costs on. and clearly trying to persuade us that what is called “big” flying school shouldn’t be an option. Whenever anyone asked a question he would just slate it and be like comment on how much more expensive it is, just for “the same license”. 

We all knew there was two routes integrated or modular to become an airline pilot, but we never really had anyone official come in and speak to us about it. so this seemed all lovely and a few (about 15) of us, me included, were persuaded to choose the modular through, the plan being to train with the flying school i was already at. Although i wasn’t 100% i still went and started a distance learning course for the theory exams at beginning of 2nd year - because at uni most of the material in the external exams was being taught and would be tested as a uni module. 

However after more research, and talks from the “big” schools and pilots who’d done my course and went to the big schools and are now at BA. It made me slowly realise that i don’t want to do the modular route. The main reason is i think it is more difficult for low hour modular pilots to get into airlines compared with integrated, even though integrated is wayyyyyy more expensive.

Although doing the theory exams already has put me at a slight disadvantage for applying to integrated schools, I couldn’t apply to the BA scheme even though i’d need to do the exams anyway (weird i know). But thankfully i’ve not done anymore flight training (and the exams are RELATIVELY cheap in the grand scheme of things), so should be able to apply for other schemes opening, like EasyJet. 

But i feel some people who decided initially like me on doing modular training have also come to regret it slightly, and they’ve done like the next two steps in flight training. 

They say curiosity killed the cat. But I’d rather be the cat that died knowing, than the cat that never knew.

—Yousaf (via saf-isticated)

(via saf-isticated)

I always think about the thousands of people in the UK who work in offices from 9-5 every single week day, sitting at the same desk, drinking however many cups of coffee and tea. All those bankers, all those call centre people, how can you do it?! It just seems the most boring thing everrrrr. It might pay well, but still imagine doing the same routine, going to the same place, sitting at the same chair every single day, staring at the same screen for however many years. Yes, a lot of jobs are the same routine and going to the same place. But an office 9-5 job just seems the worst to me. Shift work, and working with all different people and seeing new things just appeals to me so much more. So does having an office at 36,000ft with a forever changing scenery.

some (fairly) recent pictures of my final year at uni. want to re-do it all over again. 

my friend asked me to use my PA system for a gig they’ve got in some pub. but i said no because im not at home and i’d like to be there to make sure its all alright or whatever but im in leeds now. And he put its okay “thanks anyway?” i duno if the question mark was on purpose or just a finger a slip. it makes it seem like he’s been funny with me. but maybe im just reading too much into it