After finishing my CPL/IR and MCC via the “Modular” route, it was clear that I needed something extra to get me top the top of the pile. I first came across the TRTO through one of their online ads, and after filling in an information request form, promptly received a phone call that answered all my questions, plus an email with more information.

I decided to take up the type rating and 150 hours line training course with easyJet a few weeks later. I was pleased that any email query I had was answered very quickly. I was given a start date, and began my type rating at the FSC facility in Amsterdam. The TRTO were very helpful with regards to accommodation during the type rating, I shared a flat with others who were on different stages of the scheme which I found invaluable. The type rating was hard work and very rewarding, the trainers were excellent and supportive. I really felt that every day I progressed one step closer to achieving my goal.

After the type rating I returned to the UK where I unfortunately had to wait a few weeks before base training, this was due to my criminal record check taking some time to come through, so I had to wait for my airside pass! Base check day was very exciting, once again the trainers were excellent. I began my line training a few days later, I really enjoyed it, the trainers were outstanding. The 150 hours went by in two months, I was very pleased when I passed my final line check in December 2008.

In February 2009 I received an email, offering me a summer contract with easyJet! I was very pleased that I had this opportunity and I know the TRTO worked hard to place their cadets. Now that the summer season is coming to an end, I have over 500 hours on type and am very pleased with the way things have turned out.

If I had known what I know now before I started, would I make the same choices again? The answer to that is a resounding Yes!


Varun Jamnadass


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