2Excel Work Experience Q&A – National Careers Week

4th March 2019

As part of National Careers Week, 2Excel opened its doors to budding aviation enthusiast, Josh Bristow, for a chance to spend a week experiencing the company’s vast and varying areas of work.

From Broadsword to the Blades, Josh’s skills were put to the test, and his undeniable passion for flying became apparent very quickly!

“I would just like to thank you very much for the amazing week of work experience that you and your team organised for me. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting the Blades and the amazing people in broadsword, operations, CAMO and geospatial. I now have a greater understanding of how 2Excel works and I would love to join 2Excel in the future as a King Air pilot.”

Why have you chosen this particular career path?

I have had a passion for aviation from a very young age, and would very much like to have a career in something that I enjoy, so that I can wake up every day and be excited about going to work.

What is your inspiration?

My inspiration is watching the spitfire flying at Sywell. I am also inspired by watching Adam Peaty race in the Olympic finals, as my other passion is competitive swimming.

Why do you enjoy flying?

I enjoy flying because it’s a great feeling of freedom and exploration that you can’t get on the ground.

What is your education background?

I have completed my GCSE’s last year and achieved all passes, mostly grade B with 3 at a grade A. I am currently studying Business, Accounting and Psychology at Sharnbrook 6th form. I do not plan on going to university as I would like to pursue my passion for flying by obtaining my PPL, CPL, IR and MEP qualifications. 

What is your flying training to date?

I have completed my first solo flight in an Aero AT-3 at Sywell aerodrome in August 2018. I have flown roughly 15 hours in total, and hopefully will fly many more!

Long term goals for your career?

I would like to become a Commercial Pilot flying the King Air aircraft for 2Excel.

Why did you choose 2Excel for work experience?

I chose 2Excel for work experience because the company is so diverse in its operations, from aerobatics to earth observation!

Why are you interested in the Blades?

I am interested in the Blades because of their professionalism in the way that they fly their aircraft and the gravity defying aerobatics that they preform!

Any other interesting facts? Any achievements gained?

I am a national swimmer and I have won a silver medal, for my age, at the English summer championship in 2018 for the 100m freestyle. I have also qualified for the British championships in the 50m breaststroke, in which I will be competing against the best swimmers in the country!

If there’s anyone out there who would like to find out more about 2Excel, or has any questions about how to get into a career in aviation, then please don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll answer your questions – Josephine.ashpole@theblades.com.

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