There’s a wealth of information out there about starting your career as a pilot, and luckily a lot of pilots like talking about themselves and their job.
Here’s a bunch of them:
An interactive training timeline. Useful if you’re not quite sure of the route you’ll need to take.
Thomas Cook SFO Adam Howey’s blog. “10 things to do before pilot selection” is especially worth reading. I’ve ordered the books on his reading list, too. I might even review them at some point.
Aviation Skills Partnership
For the latest information on the apprenticeship scheme. It’s worth also joining their network to ensure you’re kept in the loop.
Interactive A320 flight deck
In case anyone’s ever asked you what all those buttons do – here’s the easy answer.
Adventures of Cap’n Aux
Blog of an airline captain. Eric Auxier’s Q&A posts give a fascinating insight into the intricacies of life as a long-haul pilot. His last post was about his time as an Alaska bush pilot, and it’s inspirational.
Allows you to listen to RT communications in your spare time. Also available as an app. While this site covers air traffic in most of the world, for some reason it doesn’t cover the UK – fortunately, www.globaltuners.com does.
Airline Pilot Chatter
“Stories and images from the trenches of commercial aviation.” Right now, the author – an experienced first officer – is going through 737 ground school, and he’s well worth reading.
It’s always useful to have an online backup of your logbook. I’m sure there are plenty of alternatives to this one out there, but this is free, works well, it’s cloud-based, and it even emails you backups for peace of mind. (If you have cash to spare, LogTen Pro looks great and is available for OS X/iPhone/iPad)
Sky Demon Light
Free VFR flight planning software. I’ve only just discovered this so haven’t had a chance to really test it yet, but it looks very useful – as long as you keep practicing it the old-fashioned way.
About Me I'm Steve, 22, currently living on Anglesey, in North Wales. In a past life I was a psychology graduate and youth worker, but I've now just finished my PPL at Caernarfon Airport and I'm slowly working towards becoming an airline pilot. As I start my post-PPL training with Bristol Ground School, I thought I'd blog along the way so the rest of you can learn from my mistakes.