It's taken a while, but i finally scored a flying job here in Sweden.
And it's actually a pretty good one. I thought I was going to have to find a job in another European country and commute to work, which would have been doable, but difficult.
I was given a lead on a job ad for Flybe Airlines, who were starting up an operation in Sweden, based out of Arlanda airport in Stockholm, which is my local airport...pretty damn perfect!!
I attended the interview at a local airport. It included a sim ride in a B737 simulator, an aircraft I've never flown before.
I'm not going to say that the sim ride went great, cos if I did I'd be lying!! But the interview went really well, and I was offered a job on the spot!!
There was a lot of yelling and cheering in the car when no one could see me (I hope!!). I didn't tell anyone though until I actually got something in writing..I've been burned in this industry too many times before.
So initially I was told that the earliest ground school slot I could attend would be in February, in Singapore. The thought of waiting that long to start flying again really bugged me. Then, in the first week of November I got a phone call from the job agency telling me that another pilot dropped out of the next course and would I like to be on an earlier course...ABSO-FRIGGIN-LUTELY!!!
It means that I'm going to be away in Toulouse, France, for 6 weeks including over the Christmas period. That part really sucks, but it's the life of an airline pilot unfortunately. I'm going to have to Skype to see the boys open their pressies, which is better than nothing I guess.
I'm going to miss my boys and Maddi like CRAZY!! But I also can't wait to get started! It's been a looooong time since I've flown a plane.
So I leave for Toulouse in a couple of weeks.
I better start packing....
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