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WELCOME to the latest news and updates from Flight Deck Wingman. Please feel free to share this newsletter amongst your network!

If you're looking for that dream job on the flight deck, then get in touch and let's get started! The entire Wingman team is here to help.

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NEW WEBSITE RELEASED!

IN February, we proudly released our new website. We integrated some super awesome new features, which included a brand new booking system giving our clients the flexibility to pick and choose their service, book a slot that fits in with their schedule and pay for it all in one go! (Hint - you can book any service directly at the bottom of any of the "SERVICES" pages too!) The feedback has been great so far! We also released some new services, including our brand new "Airline Pilot Skills Test". You can read more about this and learn about some of our other services later in this newsletter.
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COVID19-THE IMPACT ON OUR BUSINESS

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THE great thing about Flight Deck Wingman is that all of our services with the exception of our Airline and Flight School Assessment Prep courses, remain available ONLINE! This has always been the case for us of course! Since the lockdown started, we have completed CV and cover letter services and interview training for airlines including the Ryanair mentored pilot scheme, Cobham Aviation and some Flight School entry assessments too e.g. Skyborne Academy. Get in touch!

FLYBE SUPPORT

IN February 2020, one of the UK's most loved airlines tragically went into administration. Flight Deck Wingman immediately offered our support, releasing 4 of our industry leading Airline Assessment Preparation courses within 24 hours of the news breaking. All of these courses filled within a matter of minutes and on the 12 March 2020, we welcomed 10 affected flybe colleagues to Lasham Gliding Society. Unfortunately, we then had to postpone the other planned dates due to the COVID 19 outbreak. However, we plan to re-run these courses when government advice sates that it's safe to do so. Affected flybe colleagues should keep an eye out at this dedicated link for more news.

Editors note: We have been asked by many flybe colleagues if we were being supported by BALPA in offering this support. No - nor were we are receiving a fee to cover our costs. The entire Wingman team is proud to be offering its support 100% independently and for free.
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(Pictured above) flybe Pilots receiving 100% free and independent support on a Flight Deck Wingman Airline Assessment Preparation Day course, 12 March 2020.

SPECIAL THANKS GOES TO...

...THREE world-class training organisations that generously offered their venues for free to support flybe pilots. Flight Deck Wingman is extremely grateful for the support of Aeros Flight Training, Lasham Gliding Society and CRM Aviation Europe for their support so generously offered to assist us with free venue use, to help us assist flybe pilots.

It's wonderful to see so many businesses out there willing to support other businesses when pilots need help the most. Thank you guys!


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SUPPORTING BRITISH GLIDING

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IT was an honour for Flight Deck Wingman to once again support the British Gliding Association with a brand new trophy! The Flight Deck Wingman "Pure Soar" Trophy was won by UK Junior Gliding's Finn Sleigh. Congratulations Finn! Watch out for more exciting news to come soon, as Flight Deck Wingman continues to support gliding as a fantastic way for young people from all backgrounds explore a future career in aviation and STEM related roles.

ARE YOU A FLIGHT SCHOOL? WANT TO GIVE YOUR STUDENTS THE EDGE?

WE would be proud to send you some of our new marketing brochures to distribute amongst your students. Not only will this 12 page document highlight the quality of our product and services, but it will give your students access to essential support as they enter into the often daunting world of seeking their first airline job. Want a free quote on in-house training too...? Contact us for more information - we'd be delighted to talk!
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NEW WINGMEN!

We are incredibly proud to welcome two new members to the Flight Deck Team - Wingmen Matt and James! Both are highly experienced former military, turned airline pilots. Matt and James have gone through 6 months of rigorous training to enable them to deliver your training to the highest standards. Learn more here.
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COVID19 AND THE IMPACT ON AVIATION

EDITORS thoughts: It's hard not to think of all of my colleagues at this challenging time for the aviation industry. Certainly, the outbreak of this virus is unprecedented in modern aviation times and the impact upon the whole industry is a significant one - possibly the most significant one ever seen. Many airlines have completely suspended operations, whilst some continue to operate a limited schedule of repatriation and cargo flights.

Of course, here at Flight Deck Wingman our thoughts are very much with all pilots, whether experienced or aspiring. With several airlines having gone into administration in the last 18-24 months and flight schools bursting at the seams to meet the insatiable demand for new pilots to meet the growing demand for air travel, a down-turn in the industry is an incredibly unsettling time for many pilots. I feel extremely lucky to be in an airline of relative security and still able to don my flying boots, albeit with a reduced roster.

Over the past few weeks, we have received tens of phone calls, emails, social media enquiries from pilots of all backgrounds, concerned about their future prospects. My personal thoughts are that the industry will recover, perhaps not overnight, but provided we do not enter into another global recession, I am confident that it will recover quickly - and strongly.

BE READY! It would be remiss of me to state that you should carry on regardless and ignore the current challenges and potential risks. However, it would also be remiss of me to not state that when recruitment does commence once more, competition for jobs will be extremely fierce. Use this down time to dust off your CV and covering letter, brush up on your interview skills, or check your interview readiness. Train to Prepare. Prepare to Succeed. Get Yourself a Wingman!
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The industry faces many challenges, but it is incredibly resilient.

A POSITIVE MESSAGE FROM AIRWAYS

IN this critical time, when the world seems to be still. We need to remember that we are a strong industry, an industry built on uniting people and spreading joy. Obstacles in the past have slowed us down but it’s often the difficult times that empowers you to grow and rise again as a stronger version of yourself.
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So, we continue to work, continue to plan ahead, continue to develop new ways of training. We are going online with a brand new interactive virtual classroom. We have started these virtual ATPL ground classes in our bases in France and the UK. Students can join from the comfort and safety of their homes. And when this is all over, we will be more united. Airways Aviation will leave no stone left unturned when it comes to preparing students for a lifelong career in aviation. We will surely fly again. But until then, stay home & stay safe!

Please email us for more information.

WIN FREE INTERVIEW COACHING!

CALLING ALL PILOTS! Got the "lockdown" blues?! Well why not take advantage of the opportunity to enter our instagram competition to win 2 hours of online interview coaching and a copy of our guide to passing interviews and group exercises for FREE! A prize worth over £200! To enter, just visit our instagram page @flight_deck_wingman and follow the instructions shown under the post shown here! The closing date is the 17th April, so don't waste any time! Click on the instagram logo below!
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GLASGOW'S LARGEST EVER FLIGHT TRAINING SEMINAR!

WE were proud to be asked for the second year running to MC for this event hosted by ACS Flight Training. This year, the event welcomed over 400 aspiring pilots to hear from exhibitors that included Jet2.com and of course, Flight Deck Wingman! It was great to speak with so many aspiring pilots about their journey to the flight deck!
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UPCOMING INTERVIEW ASSESSMENT? MAYBE YOU'RE A FUTURE PILOT?

Do you have an upcoming Airline or Flight School Assessment? Then our Airline Pilot Skills test is for you. These types of assessment are not just used regularly by Airlines like Jet2.com and Aer Lingus, but also by Flight Schools like Skyborne, L3 Harris, CAE Oxford and more…We are also proud to be used by other leading modular flight schools including ACS Flight Training to assess aspiring commercial pilots ahead of starting their training. With detailed assessment and feedback, this is a superb indicator of the likelihood of you being successful.

Are you a future pilot? Maybe you just want to know if you have the foundations to be successful as an airline pilot? The Airline Pilot Skills Test will check whether or not you have what it takes.

Book today!
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SIMULATOR PREPARATION

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IF you are looking to get some practise in ahead of your simulator check, then we recommend you check out "Motion Flight" on the Gatwick Road - great value support in their fixed base 737, with access to Full Flight Simulators including the 747/757/767/320 and 330! You can learn more about Motion Flight here.

Don't forget to mention Flight Deck Wingman when you call!

MODULAR FLYING TRAINING

IF you're looking to complete your PPL or ATPL via the modular route, then we recommend giving Aeros Flight Training a call. Established in 1986 with bases in Cardiff, Coventry, Gloucester, Nottingham and Doncaster, Aeros has cemented its reputation as the UK’s leading modular flight training school. Aeros have graduates flying all over the world with airlines such as British Airways, Emirates, Ryanair, Flybe, EasyJet, Swissair, Norwegian and many more.
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UPRT COURSES

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CRM Aviation Europe, who offer this course on their fleet of T67 Firefly aircraft, are amongst the best in the business. I learnt how to fly in one of these aircraft - they are a great platform for UPRT training and the UPRT instructors here also taught me to fly fast jets when I was in the Royal Navy! Many CRM students have come to Flight Deck Wingman for training and is clear that the output standard is high!

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY ABOUT US...

FORMER MILITARY PILOT...

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ASPIRING PILOT...

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READ MORE TESTIMONIALS HERE...

HOW WE CAN HELP!

CHOOSE from a wide range of products and services, then book and pay with ease via our new online booking system!
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Application Assistance

Help completing the daunting airline application form for your Flight School or Airline/Sponsorship application.

Airline Interview Technique Coaching

Interview & Group Discussion Coaching

Learn the skills you'll need to ace that all-important Flight School or Airline interview and Group Exercise.
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Airline Pilot Skills Test

Upcoming assessment or just want to know if you've got what takes to be an airline pilot? This Pilot Skills Test will check your readiness!
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CV Services

Create a highly effective effective version of CV to your chosen Flight School or Airline .

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Covering Letter

We can help you stand out from thousands of other pilots with an effective covering letter.
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Assessment Preparation Courses

We have helped lots of pilots apply successfully to big Flying Schools & to Airlines.

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