10 February 2019
2016-06-23 18:32:56 2017-06-02 02:10:13 Follow my time as a cadet at CTC Aviation as I chase my dream and train to be an airline pilot. I'll be writing blogs and filming vlogs along the way.
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Pilot George | CTC Cadet Blog

Story of a Commercial Airline Pilot & Former Integrated Whitetail Cadet

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A320 Type Rating: Sims Week One

It's been a busy couple of weeks and there's been lots to cover. In this blog post I share the content of the first few sims.

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A320 Type Rating: Groundschool Complete

After over 10 days of study, a 112 question technical paper and performance study I have now completed the Airbus A320 Groundschool. Only a few days until the simulators start!

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About Me

Hello and welcome to my website. My name's George and I'm a Commercial Pilot by trade and an avid blogger by hobby. Having created the Pilot George blog at the start of my pilot training in 2016, I went on to share the highs and lows of the course through the creation of 100+ blog and vlog posts.

If you've ever wanted to be a commercial pilot and wondered what it takes to get to the pointy end of an airliner then you've come to the right place. You can browse my blog or vlog posts from the main menu links at the top of the site.

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L3 Airline Academy Selection Process

Read about my time at selection for L3 Airline Academy (formerly CTC Aviation) and view tips to help you in preparing for own assessments.

Ground School (ATPL Theory)

Read blogs about the topics covered throughout my time at ATPL Ground School in Nursling, Southampton.

Flight Training (New Zealand)

Blogs & Vlogs about all things to do with training out in New Zealand including Visas, Transport, Phone Networks etc.

Instrument Rating (Bournemouth)

Content from my time working towards my Instrument Rating at the Bournemouth training centre.

Upset Prevention & Recovery

Learn more about the Upset Prevention & Recovery flights we complete in the Slingsby Firefly and Diamond fleet.

Airline Qualification Course

Read blogs about the post CPL/ME/IR training a prospective airline pilot must complete.

Hold Pool & Job Search

Finding that first job is perhaps the hardest part of the entire process and in this category you can read the blogs posted while I searched for my first employer.

Type Rating

To fly the Airbus A320 family I had to complete aircraft specific training.


Have a tour around my accommodation at the various stages of training.

Pilot Loans (BBVA & Optimum Finance)

Having part-funded my course with a mortgage, I explain the application process, requirements and more in this section.


Food, drink, bills, travelling etc, you can find posts related to the money side of flight training in this category.


Learn about the various insurance policies and performance protection trainees are required to have or are provided with.

Cadet Life

Being a cadet wasn't always about the studying. We had fun too - honest!! In this category you can explore the various non-curricular activities we involved ourselves in during any downtime.

Flight Training (Arizona)

Blogs & Vlogs about all things Arizona including FAA medicals and U.S. visas before I was switched to New Zealand.


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