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Road to the Right Seat 10 - New Students


Bob Geuens

February 21, 2017 - 772 views

Series: Road to the Right Seat

We've all had a crazy childhood dream and mine was becoming an airline pilot. Many young people who aspire a flying career are unaware of the content of flight training and the preparations which are needed. On November 23rd, 2015 I started my ATPL(A) training. Time to realize my childhood dream. I'd like to take you along on an adventure and I'll happily answer all your questions on the way. Let's do this!

March 29, 2016 - A few weeks ago I was contacted by our training manager to ask if I'd like to welcome the new promotion. They had their introduction day on Friday and I was there to give them the 'student-to-student' briefing. Welcome, Promotion 38!

It may have been my last week of holiday before going to the United States, but I have to admit that I had quite a nice day at school! The new promotion (counting 29 people!) was split into small groups after which my colleagues and I gave them a tour around the school.

Once the tour was over we sat down together for lunch, giving them the chance to ask some of their questions. Everyone seems to be very active and awake at the moment, but that will change soon enough.

After lunch was over it was time for the 'student-to-student' briefing. I told them more about what to expect from the training, the social aspect, the exams, instructors and so on. After the presentation they were able to ask all the questions they still had, making it quite an informative day for the new promotion!

Bob Geuens ATPL Flight training blog CAE

The students from promotion 38 come from all over the world, but most of them are Belgian, French and Italian. Promotion 35, class of March 2015, exists of only 5 students.

The reason why the class of March 2016 is fully booked it because the school has done a roadshow throughout Europe to promote their training. Their main focus was France, Portugal and Italy which seems quite obvious when looking at the new promotion!

Today they started phase 1, the one we just finished. I wish them the best of luck and look forward to their progress!

A tragic event

Last week I was standing in the departure hall of Brussels Airport with a big smile on my face. Now the hall is in ruins and people have lost their lives because of an absurd act of violence. The attacks of March 22, 2016, at Brussels Airport show that we can be very proud of our little country, but that terrorism is a threat to all of us.

If you have any further questions about my training, feel free to leave a comment below. See you next week!

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Hello there! My name is Bob Geuens and I'm a 20-year old cargo pilot from Belgium. I'm currently flying the B737-400 for ASL Airlines Belgium, based in Li├Ęge (EBLG). Feel free to read all about my road to the right seat in the 'Series' section of the website. Happy landings and blue skies!


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