Our partnership with our BESTPILOT graduates never ends. We offer continued professional development training to all of our graduates and in return we ask them to support our ongoing training objectives. We do this by offering our BESTPILOT graduates the opportunity to undertake Train the Trainer and Train the Assessor professional development courses free of charge. The Pilots who work with us have an opportunity to practice their newly learnt skills under the direct supervision of experienced trainers and assessors; we call this BESTPILOT Next Generation.
BESTPILOT graduate, First Officer Jonny Patterson, explains why he has returned to KURA as a Pilot Instructor:
To be offered the opportunity to return to KURA as a Pilot Instructor was a huge compliment to me personally and testament to the BESTPILOT training programme.
It took me 8 years to go from flight school to flight deck and I owe the fact I am in the right hand seat today to KURA, so it was with pleasure I accepted the offer and undertook the Train the Trainer course.
The benefits to me are numerous, not least of which is satisfying the sense of responsibility I now feel in supporting other students achieve their dream – having fallen into most of the pitfalls myself. The BESTPILOT graduate community is diverse and supportive, and is fully supported by the KURA management team through various initiatives. In addition, my industry knowledge is kept sharp and I am exposed to new training practices through the seasoned trainers at KURA. The students themselves are fantastic and not a session goes by when I don’t find myself learning from them and taking away valuable information. There are a variety of airlines always visiting KURA and together with the constant return of BESTPILOT graduates, the office environment is always very energetic.
The exposure to Pilot instruction provides to enhance my aviation CV beyond flying the line, developing multiple competencies along the way (and it is also a lot of fun!). At some point in my career I may wish to conduct training and having Pilot instruction with KURA on my resume will be of significant benefit.