Was just doing a bit of plane watching at Liverpool Airport and noticed the same EasyJet Airbus flying around the airport. Looking at Plane finder it’s done a good many circuits since this morning!! Training mission apparently.
Nah he’s just emptying the toilets over Widnes
They did that here at Prestwick testing the 787 dream liner.
Repeated touch and go landings over space of few hours.
Almost certainly pilot training or could be maintenance testing a specific system in the aircraft. Could even be the airfield testing a new system.
Yes this is the third time in recent months. Training is the only reason given when it was covered in the press the last time it happened. I know when I was doing a PPL out of Liverpool, 6 Touch n goes in an hour was plenty enough stress for me but then the EasyJet guys are probably using the ILS as they were at it for a good few hours.
They also do the same for cabin crew training, emergency procedures etc
Are you sure they weren’t trying to enter our Breaking the speed limit challenge?
Had a Jet2 flight doing that today, passed over the house a couple of times at about 1800ft.
Noticed a few last week quite low and not in the usual approach. Seems they were landing on the second runway.
Perhaps something to do with the wind.
My son is an easyJet pilot and it’s the last part of their Type rating and line training before taking passengers. Each cadet does 6 takeoffs and landings and when passed they start flying the line.
My son did his in south of France but Liverpool is also a base used for pilot training
Yes this was at 1800 feet too.
I think they did about 18 circuits / touch and goes plus half a dozen circles in the hold pattern. There was no other traffic while they were performing the hold so I guess that was also part of the training. When I was training there on light aircraft I often spent a lot of time in the hold just south of the old Runcorn bridge while waiting for the commercials on finals.
Out of curiosity, did he self fund the training?
My Nephew is a Airline Pilot with “Loganair”, based at Aberdeen flying the SAAB 400 Turboprop, between there and Norwich.
(my brother still blames me for his interest in Planes when he was young as he was always flying my RC Planes)
It cost my brother a re-mortgage of his house.
(It was about £140,000, 4 years ago for his training.)
He also initially trained with “Easyjet” out in Jerez in Spain.
After all their planes have landed, later this evening, there will be no Flybe pilots.
It’s an expensive hobby to get into but doubtless pays dividends once you get your wings in commercial aviation. My instructor many years ago was funding himself including jet simulator training. Mainly because he couldn’t get sponsorship through an airline. I think he went into flying cargo which I think a lot of self funders do before getting into carrying passengers just to get their hours in, but I lost track of him after that.
The wealthy owners should put their hands in their pockets instead of pushing for a £100m government bailout. Another great name and a bunch of good people down the pan !
I think you’ve got be with the likes of BA or Emirates before you earn serious money, I had a few beers last year with a Jet2 pilot on a lay over in Turkey, they certainly were not earning massive amounts, but good perks and not unreasonable hours
My Nephew was lucky he worked at Norwich Airport for a small business that specialised in Aerial Photography around our Coast.
Once he got his PPL, he used to knock his hours up jollying people around to pay for his fuel for his own flights.
Then worked at London Docklands Airport as ground crew while he was at London University gaining his degree in Aeronautics.
Was then offered a Training Place with Easyjet.
Had problems getting enough hours, so pissed of to New Zealand for 18 months, again on Photo Assignments for the Holiday Makers.
Lucky little git !!
@chrisjohnbaker Where there’s a will there’s a way they say !