Ryanair Captain based in Dublin
I came to AFTA IN 2006 to start my training as a modular student. This suited me better as I was working full time and had a child. I found AFTA very accommodating of my tight schedule. Some of my instrument flying was even done in the middle of the night to accommodate me. From day one I was very impressed with the school and the instructors. Everyone went above and beyond for me and helped me through the training the whole way. It was a tough 2 years but I got through it and I know I wouldn’t have without the help of the whole team at AFTA. I am very grateful.
Looking back, the training was superb. It really made the transition to the Boeing 737-800 easy. From day one all your training to taught to you to prepare you for life in the airlines. Things I was taught back then and I couldn’t see why I needed this I understand now it’s so important in commercial aviation world.
After completing my CPL in early summer 2008 I decided I’d like to do my Flight Instructors Rating. This was by far the most rewarding part of my flying career. I loved getting to teach someone who was where I was only two years ago about flying. So rewarding. And getting paid to fly too was a great added bonus !!
I worked in AFTA as an Instructor part time until June 2009 and completed the rest of my training while working there. This was great as I was building up my hours and gaining great experience. In December 2008 I was fortunate to get an interview for Ryanair. I got a call on Christmas Eve to tell me I got the job flying the Boeing 737-800 around Europe. I was delighted and know I couldn’t have done this without the help and experience I gained at AFTA. It’s not just about being a good pilot. You need to show good airmanship and good judgement. I found getting to fly with very experienced instructors like the Head Of Training and owner Mark Casey who has years and years of general aviation flying and airline flying, you gain so much from it. I still work part time for AFTA and since joining Ryanair I’ve confined my training with them and now I can teach PPL, CPL, MEP, MEIR and MCC’s on their brand new 737 simulator. I can be mainly found in the sim teaching students about Multi Crew Co-operation which is so important in the world aviation these days.
Since June 2009 I’ve been flying the Boeing 737-800 around Europe and North Africa and I love it. I work a 5 day on 4 day off pattern. I’ve been a Captain with Ryanair now since August 2012 (just over 3 years after I joined them) and I couldn’t be happier. It’s a dream job and I know I wouldn’t be where I am today without the help and support I got from AFTA
All in all, my experience personally and professionally have exceeded my expectation on both levels. I’ve work colleagues and friends for life. I would highly recommended AFTA to everyone. Best of luck on your journey…..