If you have been wondering whether life as a NetJets Pilot is right for you, then wonder no more! Captain Richard Parkinson (Pilot Recruitment Manager, NetJets Europe) has kindly written a fantastic blog about being part of the NetJets family…
“Flying with NetJets is unlike anything I’ve done before. My first surprise was discovering your home base or ‘Gateway’ is chosen by you and not the company. And there’s a real sense of camaraderie when you’re out on tour meeting colleagues in any one of the hundreds of airports we operate to in Europe (five thousand throughout the world).
We have such diversity within the Pilot workforce, with many backgrounds and nationalities. The one common factor is that we all love flying, and we get to fly some great aircraft to amazing destinations. One day you’re flying into the big airports just like the airlines do, then the next you’re off to the Greek islands or one of the Alpine airports. In the winter we can fly to Lapland so our owners can race high performance cars on ice. Then again, you might be flying owners to one of our exclusive NetJets only events. And at the end of a busy six-day tour, you end up back at your gateway airport and have your five undisturbed days off. Incidentally, we get the rosters two months in advance which makes home life a lot easier.
We do a lot of training at Flight Safety International which is one of our sister companies. Additionally, we do extra training for category C airports. Each six-monthly check which gives us the peace of mind before going there for real. When you’re on tour, there’s no guessing where you’ll end up and its quite amusing to ask a crew where they’ve been to during the tour. This normally follows with some head-scratching and questions like ‘what airport did we start at?’
Having flown with other airlines, even going to the same airports can be different. I’ve flown to Paris many times before joining NetJets but always from the North. Now I get to fly to Paris from all points of the compass. Typically, you fly between two and four sectors per day on the smaller fleets, so will fly about fifteen sectors per tour, totalling around four hundred flying hours per year.
The job is much more than just flying though. And of course, our focus is always on safety as that’s what our owners are paying for, but it goes way beyond that. One of the Pilots is always at the terminal or FBO thirty minutes before departure to meet the passengers before escorting them through security and onto the aircraft. In some airports this might mean meeting them as they step out of the limo by the aircraft steps or hopping out of the helicopter that’s just flown them from the ski resort. Whatever the mode of arrival, we’re there to ensure their journey is seamless.
Once onboard, we give them the mandatory safety briefing, explain the catering, onboard facilities and entertainment before wishing them a pleasant flight. Then we’re off! The performance of our jets might at first take you a little by surprise but when flying out of an Alpine valley with ten thousand-foot mountains on either side of you, you’re glad of the sprightly performance.
After landing we escort the passengers to the terminal before saying goodbye and then it’s back to the jet to start all over again.”
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NetJets have partnered exclusively with KURA Aviation for the recruitment of First Officers to their airline. For full job details and application information, please visit www.kuraaviation.com/netjets.