The Final Command Check

The path to becoming an airline captain starts on the first day of flight school. Every flight, every simulator session and every event that happens along the way builds the skills that a first officer needs to become a captain.

All good first officers will view each flight as if they were the captain. How would they react in the same situation if they were they sat in the left-hand seat? What would they have done differently? What can they learn from the situation?

All these experiences along the road to command are like Lego blocks, giving the pilot the bricks they require to build themselves into a safe and confident captain. When the aircraft door closes, the airline is trusting the captain with £200 million worth of assets and hundreds of lives. When you’re sat in the left-hand seat, there’s no place to hide.

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