Become a Private jet pilot
Here’s 24 hours with me on the road (and in the sky) to give you a snapshop of a day in the life of a private jet pilot.
As well as running PrivateFly, I enjoy getting out of the office and flying when I can.
My previous career as a RAF pilot has given me a love of flying, and also helps me keep the PrivateFly team in military order!
Today, for my first flight I’m flying the private owner of the aircraft from Luton Airport to Cannes.
05:00 hrs Leave my house in St Albans in a taxi for Luton Airport.
05:25 hrs Arrive at RSS Jet Centre, one of three private jet terminals at Luton.
05:40 hrs Quick briefing with First Officer, decide on tasks required prior to departure.
06:00 hrs in position at entrance of FBO waiting to welcome my passengers as they arrive.
06:25 hrs The family arrives and I escort them into RSS, through security to the waiting aircraft. They have quite a few bags and golf clubs, but the Citation XLS has a spacious hold, so there’s room to spare.
06:35 hrs Engines start, and we taxi to the runway in a low-cost sandwich with EasyJet in front and Ryanair behind.
06:40 hrs We depart Luton on time, thankfully no French Air Traffic slot delays today!
07:00 hrs After rapid climb to 40, 000ft, when the aircraft is in the cruise, I give control to the first officer and I pop down the back for a quick chat with the aircraft owner. This is all part of the job that many Captain’s enjoy as there are no locked flight deck doors on a private jet.
09:35 hrs We land in Cannes Mandelieu airport, which is a dedicated private jet airport. I escort the aircraft owner and his family to their waiting car. They will be on their yacht in 20 minutes.
10:15 hrs We’re joined by our flight attendant, as the next set of passengers have requested this extra crew member. After a quick refuel, we depart Cannes, on a positioning flight to Olbia, also known as an empty leg (when there are no passengers on the flight).
10:35 hrs We arrive in Olbia and prepare the aircraft for the next flight, which is a charter flight.
11:30 hrs The aircraft is fully ready for departure (minus the passengers!) with fuel on board, flight plans filed, aircraft flight deck programmed, cabin meticulously clean. The catering has been delivered to FBO and placed in the fridge.
12:00 hrs Myself and the crew grab a quick bite of lunch in a nearby cafe, which is popular with other pilots and flight crew.
13:00 hrs I’m waiting for the passengers at the front of FBO at Olbia airport which is Eccelsa Aviation.
13:30 hrs The passengers arrive, a group of family and friends who are going to Marrakesh for a short break. I welcome them and escort them through the FBO to the waiting aircraft.
13:45 hrs A swift departure from Olbia, the family are served lunch and drinks by the flight attendant.
15:25 hrs We land in Marrakesh and I wish the group an enjoyable weekend as they leave in their waiting car.
16:00 hrs No more flying today, so we put the aircraft to bed.
17:00 hrs We check into our hotel which is very close to the airport. I catch up on some emails and Skype my kids to say hi back in the UK.
19:00 hrs One of the great things I enjoy about being a pilot is random nights in different places. Private jets often use smaller airports, so you get to see a lot more locations than the average airline pilot. I make sure we escape the airport hotel and head into the Medina, in Marrakesh’s old town. It’s true that the captain and first officer do not eat the same food, so we negotiate on the couscous that we both like the look of!
05:30 hrs The aircraft is prepared and ready for the next trip which despite being a Saturday, is a business trip, for some property developers looking at a hotel project in Malta.
06:30 hrs The passengers arrive at Marrakesh. They are running a little late and looking for a very swift departure. On the whole, corporate passengers tend to fly at more anti-social hours than leisure flyers, often taking in several meetings in one day for maximum efficiency. So expect early starts if you’re looking to be a private jet pilot!
06:45 hrs No hold-ups when we depart Marrakesh, and we should get them to Malta on time for their meeting at 11:00 hrs. When we’re in the cruise, I serve them breakfast and strong coffee (there’s no flight attendant on this flight, so I am also taking on butler duties).
10:40 hrs We land in Malta, and the passengers head straight for their meeting in Valletta.
11:00 hrs I handover to another crew after a weekend of fun flying. But no private jet home for me, it’s back to Luton by EasyJet.where product key steam when system of linear equations is consistent how management fee is calculated how much manager in axie in startup who ends up with who how often is technology used why product roadmap why device unreachable iphone how far technology has advanced how many startup companies are there in india startup capital what solution kills ants how many london premier league teams how london street gangs work why solution is considered as mixture how many project diva games are there where to find science articles where to buy products in bulk how much start up money for monopoly how far answer what device is 7000x what teaching jobs pay the most where to manufacture my product where to design t shirts whose teaching inspired the french revolution where are guest workers from how device drivers work why startup culture is bad how many technology are there in the world where to project voice who buy products and who use product how many science questions are on the teas how much startup capital do i need why project management interview question where to business name registration what manufacturer makes acura how development can be achieved in the philippines what teaching means to me when project runway 2022 who business analyst why tech investment banking where's the science weapon on groundbreaker where to solve limits roadmap what does it mean who design nazi uniforms how many london stabbings 2021 how much project engineer make how many start ups fail uk where technology is headed how many startup in usa who's the most technologically advanced country how teaching has changed which design principle is shown in the illustration how much product to use on face from where to study science and technology for upsc when project is not ready gif what technology was based on observations of nature how teaching styles affect learning how long is a startup a startup where to find products for dropshipping what london station goes to cambridge how science is unlocking the secrets of addiction how many business hours in a year where is izzy from startup where's the london stadium how frequently product releases should occur how project ipad to tv how much london broil per person how much company stock should i have in my 401k what workers want 2022 where business logic in mvc pattern what project management when business clichés are overused they how much solution to put in vax carpet cleaner how technological environment affect business which system of equations is inconsistent what entrepreneur does who technology transfer how management helps in development of society why science is wrong how entrepreneur helps society where to equip great runes how many solution does this equation have which solutions are strong acids who science father where does engineers work why technological advancement become harmful how many startup companies are there in bangalore how long startup repair windows 7 where to launch kayak near me how much science diet to feed cat when london bridge is falling down who to hire first startup where is anthony from project runway where are products from aldi made what start up chemicals for pool why business analytics who should be ceo of startup how many system calls are there in linux which business should i start what solution attracts flies how far answer how many business hours in a year how much starting money in monopoly where is waste management from how many design patterns are there in c# how much product to use in curly hair how much develop an app how much design logo which project are you choosing in french whu business school where is dmitry from project runway now which system produces blood cells where to buy entrepreneur magazine how many business days in june 2022 how business loans work where to study engineering in south africa which equipment is required for a cft