Will Crowther

I’m Will and I’m from Bath in the south of England. I’ve always had a deep passion for aviation from a very young age. I was first exposed to aviation at three years old when I was taken to see Concorde at the National Museum of Flight in Edinburgh. That’s when my passion for aviation was sown and as I grew up this passion flourished spending my childhood summers at airshows. When I was sixteen I took my first taster flying lesson which only enforced my passion and drive to become an airline pilot. After leaving school I took a gap year and worked in my local M&S before embarking on my training to become an airline pilot In April 2021. I did a U.K. CAA Whitetail Integrated ATPL course and loved every minute of it particularly the six months of single engine flying in the states! I completed training in January 2023 and have just secured my first airline job flying the 737NG/MAX.

I’m aspiring to eventually be a long haul captain and a TRI/TRE. Outside the flight deck I enjoy playing golf, I’ve taught myself to play guitar and also enjoy trying my best at cooking a new dish from time to time.

My advice to anybody thinking about a career in aviation would be to absolutely go for it. It’s the best job in the world and every day is different presenting new challenges and the view will never fail to amaze you. If you’ve not had a flying lesson I’d suggest having a taster lesson which you can get done at a local flying club and see what you think. If you don’t enjoy it but are still really keen to become a pilot I suggest just sticking at it. Nothings ever easy the first time you attempt it, it’s completely normal to feel a bit unnerved and apprehensive the first time flying a plane but if you know it’s what you want to do then stick at it.

That also goes for those of you applying to flight schools or airlines. There are so many resources out there to help you prepare you can really put yourself in a good position to succeed and if you’re unlucky and don’t then pick yourself back up and try again. If you fail at first but come back and try again and succeed it leaves a really good impression with who you’re applying to because it shows a great deal of resilience and drive to succeed even when faced with adversity.
For those of you who are still in school or have just finished school and are wanting to become a pilot I suggest taking a gap year or even a gap six months and getting any customer facing role whether that be at a supermarket or shop. It will really help to mature you and teach you so many skills which will be so valuable to have both on and off the flight deck.

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