The exciting first days of an Australian pilot Cadetship.

With initial applications submitted in May last year followed by almost six months of testing, interviews and a good two months of waiting for our start date, the Virgin Australia Pilot Cadetship for 2019 - Group VA5 - has finally begun.

Networking tips for student pilots.

In an industry that actually does seem to be about who you know, the best time to test the waters and get started on building your network is while you're still studying or training. Here are some ideas tailored to student pilots, engineers or management students, looking to find a way to start working on their own network in the aviation industry.

Goodbye for now, Metropolitan Caloundra SLSC.

Yesterday I had my last rostered patrol at Metropolitan Caloundra Surf Lifesaving Club before I head off for Adelaide in January. It was a surprisingly eventful one, including about 50 blue bottle stings, all of varying levels of severity, a broken IRB (Inflatable Rescue Boat) engine in the middle of 2.5 metre surf, a couple... Continue Reading →

Female cadet pilot challenges the iCommentators of Australian aviation social media.

Who are they to decide whether we deserve to be in the career of our dreams? I recently attended a Women in Aviation/Aerospace Australia Networking evening. The night was centralised around a panel discussion led by a variety of influential female industry leaders. There were about a hundred people at the event. To be honest,... Continue Reading →

I was told to take a seven month holiday I had no idea how to do that.

When I was told I had been allocated to the July intake of the cadetship it honestly took a while to process that I was essentially being told to take a seven month holiday. I really didn't know what that meant. Coming to terms with it, I applied for a job on Hamilton Island and... Continue Reading →

Why I decided to become a pilot.

The day the words came out of my mouth I knew my parents were shocked. "I want to be a pilot, Mum," I had said, out of the blue. She had looked at me, astounded. Not because she thought the idea of a pilot was strange or because it wasn't financially achievable. Simply because she... Continue Reading →

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