This Leeds man explains how he managed to become a pilot for airline Jet2

Harry Lota
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A young man with a lifelong dream of flying has both been accepted onto Jet2's pilot training programme - and has revealed how he did it.

Harry Lota, 28, who grew up in Leeds, will be a qualified pilot by 2020 after completing his apprenticeship at the Leeds-based budget airline.

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Harry was also an air cadet who used to watch planes passing over his Headingley home as a youngster. He studied aviation technology at the University of Leeds and flew light aircraft at Sherburn Aero Club.

“My legs were like jelly when I got the call telling me I had got onto the scheme. I was ecstatic, it was such a relief as all my hard work and dedication had paid off. There was only ever one airline for me and that was Jet2. Growing up, I lived under the flight path at Headingley and I would watch the aircraft all day, dreaming one day that I would be at the controls and now that dream could soon be a reality.”

He will now begin a 12-month training course, which includes modules in how cabin crew operate to ensure pilots have an insight into all areas of operations.