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Old 3rd Aug 2017, 09:01
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EasyJet: Inside the cockpit

Stumbled across this announcement,

Do we really need to film during a training environment for commercial television?
I don't think this adds to how people view our profession.

Trailer:
easyJet: Inside the Cockpit ITV trailer: New trainee pilot series will make you VERY scared of flying

Announcement:
ITV commissions ground-breaking documentary following easyJet?s rookie pilots from ITN Productions | ITN
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Old 3rd Aug 2017, 10:27
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Funny that, just as the CEO of Easyjet becomes the CEO of ITV...
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It's been in the making for quite a while so I doubt any connection
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Old 3rd Aug 2017, 12:30
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My wife saw a trailer for this the other evening. She asked me if it was really as unprofessional as it appeared? I'll have to watch it now.
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Old 3rd Aug 2017, 14:10
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Does anyone know when it starts?
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Monday 14th at 9pm I believe.
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Old 3rd Aug 2017, 18:25
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One of the best pilot training films out there has to be the BOAC Hamble 1970 one which is on YouTube. It's a structured walkthrough of the training a Hamble cadet would go through and focuses much more on the training itself than personalities.

Sadly, with the bread and circuses reality of modern TV, I doubt Easyjet/ITVs effort will come anywhere close. What will be interesting is how the matter of training costs will or will not be covered. Relatively few people amongst the general public understand the financial outlay required with pilot training these days, it will be interesting to see if this changes.
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Might do the budding university students good to see that not everybody manages to get the taxpayer to cough up for training and that a mere 50k debt is cheap at the price !!
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Old 3rd Aug 2017, 18:49
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But Helen,

I'm flying with some of these folks who have the 50k student loan ex Uni' plus the circa 70 k training loan on top!

Is it just me or has the World gone mad?
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Old 3rd Aug 2017, 18:53
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[QUOTE=Chris the Robot;9851121]One of the best pilot training films out there has to be the BOAC Hamble 1970 one which is on YouTube. It's a structured walkthrough of the training a Hamble cadet would go through and focuses much more on the training itself than personalities.

Hamsters; I like to think we have moved on since then; just a bit...
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Old 3rd Aug 2017, 19:01
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Brilliant. More children in the cockpit making for a grand day out.
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Dear oh dear, with me it is : Dad can do it , so it must be easy!

Thinking about it, I was at UofOslo starting Marine Biology when Dad went solo out west.
I figured , if the Old one can get a PPL after his retirement , I bloody well need to give it a shot.

The rest is history.
I am going to convince my dear daughter that there is more money in Aviation Psychology , then in Aviation.
A PPL from me,if she graduates and a respectable and steady job waiting.

Looking forward to see this insight program.
Not shure anything good comes our way from it, but you never know.
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Old 3rd Aug 2017, 19:33
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Nothing better, ever, to inspire the kids than Jerry Lewis as Captain Eddie Payton in the 1965 Hollywood film "The Family Jewels". Now that`s real comedy.
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Old 3rd Aug 2017, 20:04
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If a lot get infatutated with the dream there's going to be a lot of disappointment when they see the financial side of things. I wouldn't be surprised if the majority who apply for the current Easyjet MPL simply couldn't afford it if they were offered it.

I know of one fellow who started an AeroEng degree with the aim of becoming a pilot afterwards. He applied for a cadet programme with a TP operator, was offered a place but had to give it up because he couldn't fund it. He left uni and started working where I was just finishing up at the time having seemingly given up on the aviation career. I asked him if he'd thought about the BA FPP which was shortly to begin it's second recruitment cycle and he hadn't heard of it!

I do wonder how many apply first and think about finances later. I don't apply for programmes which I couldn't afford and/or I think are poor value for money.
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And here is one of the 'stars': https://twitter.com/rycly

https://i2.wp.com/thecourier.es/wp-c...t_01.jpg?w=635

https://youtu.be/2qVE4NtW86I

easyJet: Inside the Cockpit ITV trailer: New trainee pilot series will make you VERY scared of flying
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Old 3rd Aug 2017, 21:11
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I was at CTC at the same time this was being filmed. No doubt most of it will be sensationalised as most ITV stuff is. I hope that aside from the budding pilots taking centre stage, there's a bit about the facilities and the flying. Those are the bits I want to show my parents as they didn't have the opportunity to visit me in NZ.

I spent a lot of the time trying to avoid the cameras. I shall be looking for cadets and instructors I know. I just hope it's not cringeworthy....but it probably will be. I know one of the directors asked a cadet to deliberately crash the sim presumably to make it more compelling viewing. Personally I wouldn't want cameras being shoved in my face whilst undergoing training. It was stressful enough as it was without that added pressure!
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Old 3rd Aug 2017, 22:17
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"Bus drivers with smart haircuts" now.
Let's face the fact that operating a modern commercial aircraft these days is really not exceptionally difficult. If you think it is then you're in the wrong line of work. 787 pilot vs. 707 pilot, plus multi sector long haul days before FTL's. I know who had the most skill overall and so do you.
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Old 3rd Aug 2017, 23:12
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From the trailer the EZY people seem like a pretty humble, competent bunch of trainees. I'm sure they'll make excellent pilots.

As regards the old days, I should think landing a 787 on a short runway in a gusting, gale-force wind is not much different from landing a 707 in similar conditions. The "exceptionally difficult" part is managing the failures, as witnessed by various recent accidents.
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I think not, ever flown a B707 BB ? I can tell you it was far more of a
handful on a gusty approach than the extremely benign B787.

Heavy, unpowered controls and very limited bank angle allowed or
you will strike a pod are just a couple of the challenges on the 707.
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Never flown a 707, but well aware of the pod-scrape risks from a 747, albeit with girly hydraulic controls!
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