Stephanie Brøndberg Nielsen

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Stephanie Nielsen

That's why I chose GreyBird

My name is Stephanie Brøndberg Nielsen, I am 22 years old and I started my training as a business pilot at GreyBird Pilot Academy in August 2016. When I was 17 years old and in the process of my STX training, I suddenly became aware through a friend pilot training. Before then, I had not dreamed of or thought about training to be a pilot. The education sounded really exciting to me as I have always been very happy to fly and also very happy to travel.

I went to an information meeting at GreyBird, as they were still based in Randers. Shortly after the information meeting, I went to the entrance exam and subsequently also got my Medical Class 1. It was important for me to get a handle on those things before I really put my nose up after the education. When all those things fell into place, I immediately started working to save up for education. I worked more than full time for over a year and could thus save approx. 150,000 kroner op. The rest of the loan the bank agreed to cover.

How did you choose which pilot school to attend?

I visited two flight schools, but I thought GreyBird was the school that appealed to me the most. I got a really good impression of the school and the people behind it. There was a “cozy” atmosphere, and one was really taken care of. In addition, I was very impressed by the many twin hours and the fact that one does not use simulators at school.

 

What has it been like to be a student at GreyBird Pilot Academy?

It has been really good! Right from the start, we experienced a school where everyone talks to everyone. This applies to instructors, management and the students on the various teams. We were assigned a mentor (a student from a team later in the education) at the start of the study, which was a nice support, but I still found that everyone else was good at helping and answering questions.

The flight lessons are clearly the best of the training, but I have been a little unlucky with the weather, so I have experienced being canceled quite a few times. However, these are the conditions we have to live with when you have to fly all your 180 hours in real planes. I will soon be flying on the school’s twin-engine plane, and I’m really looking forward to it. Then you get even closer to the job you have to hold in the future. The theoretical part of the education is tough, but if this is what you want, then you will also give everything you have to get through.

 

What happens when you graduate as a pilot?

I have to start looking for a job! I would like to fly long-haul (long-haul aircraft), which can be a challenge when you come as a recent graduate and do not yet have many hours on the book. Alternatively, I would like a job in the GA industry where I could fly smaller private jets for different customers to different locations. I’ve also considered becoming an instructor, but I’m not quite sure yet.

 

What has been the best experience of your school days?

It must definitely be my first solo trip! It was a great feeling to finally be allowed to sit alone in the plane and enjoy it. Even though it was only a few landings, it is definitely the best experience so far.

 

What advice would you give to someone considering becoming a pilot?

Investigate the possibilities by going to different information meetings and thereby find the school that suits you. In addition, I think it is a good idea to get your medical taken as soon as possible, so you know if it is at all possible to become a pilot. It’s such a shame to save together and then find out that you can not anyway. And then otherwise just scratch to save up for it – talk to different banks to see what they can offer and keep the mood high. It should probably succeed in the end!

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