9: Mike Weeks - Airbus A320/321 Cadet First Officer

9: Mike Weeks – Airbus A320/321 Cadet First Officer

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Join us as Mike Weeks gives us insight into his inspiring pilot journey.

Mike Weeks is a First Officer with Monarch Airlines, based out of Luton Airport in the UK.

An Airbus A320 & A321 pilot, flying mainly to various destinations around Europe, to the Canary Islands, Egypt & Turkey.

Mikes journey to the right hand seat has been via the ATPL Modular route and fully self funded.

Starting Out

  • Inspired initially by his parents, who both worked for Britannia Airways at Luton Airport back in the 60s & 70s.
  • As a kid Mike was taken to work with his Dad. He loved sitting at the jumpseat during landings, takeoffs and just being around simulators, hangars and flight decks.
  • Mike wanted to re-live his father’s dream and passion for flying who unfortunately passed away when he was 9.
  • After studying Aerospace Technology and Management, he continued working in the aviation industry as he gained his licenses and ratings simultaneously.

Initial Training Challenges

  • Mike initially really had to balance his work and pilot training.
  • His first instructor left when he was almost ready to fly solo. He did not give up however and instead found ways to work around this setback by reaching out to his network.
  • After 5 years since being in education, Mike found getting back into the swing of studying for the PPL written exams a challenge, one he overcome by identifying his weaknesses and putting in the extra work required.

The Aircraft Types

  • Grumman AA-5 Tiger
  • The majority of Mike’s training was been on the trusty Piper PA-28. He gained in excess of a hundred hours while hour building in Florida as well as his night rating
    on this aircraft which is closest to his heart.
  • Diamond DA40
  • DA42 Twin Star
  • Airbus A320/321

Best Flying Advice

  • Take your time, don’t rush. Even if it takes longer than anticipated, make sure you know your stuff and get it done correctly and safely!

The Journey

  • With weather issues in the UK, he went to Florida, USA to gain his PPL while working at Monarch.
  • He went in search of a new flying school after Cab Air, his first one, went into liquidation during his first month. Good thing FTA was referred to him by a friend.
  • After taking 8 months to complete his Ground School exams, Mike went back to Florida to hour build.
  • Came back to the UK and gained his CPL, multi-engine, and IR.
  • With his brand new Licence and Ratings, Mike Went back to work in his old job in Operations at Monarch before catching a lucky break and offered a place on the A320/21 type rating course and a flying Job at Monarch.

Current Flying.

  • Working for Monarch Airlines flying the Airbus A320/A321.

Proudest Flying Moment

  • Mike has a few contenders for his proundest flying moment, but he chose “Gaining his PPL because it is the grassroots of flying.”

Future Plans & Aspirations

  • Mike wants to continue working at Monarch Airlines.
  • Aiming to become a Captain someday.
  • Continue to do GA outside of work because it is a lot of fun and more hands-on flying.

Flying Internet Resource

Twitter

  • Great resource to connect with other people in the aviation industry.
  • Make sure to do your own research of people who you talk to.

Best Aviation Book

Written by an experienced airline pilot, Ace the Technical Pilot Interview, Second Edition is filled with more than 1000 questions and answers, many of them all-new. This practical study tool asks the right questions so you’ll know the right answers. It’s a must-have, one-stop resource for all pilots, regardless of aircraft type, performance, or global region.

Favourite Cockpit Gadget

  • Apple iPad – Tablet Computer From Apple.
  • It is a great tool to carry manuals and documents and can be used to download aviation apps.

Interview Links

You can contact Mike at: