>>> Flying experience in an airplane simulator

I am a big aviation  “geek” and quite known among my friends how much I love airplanes and flying (you can read HERE more why it is the case). In relation to that,  I had recently been invited by a dear friend to have a flying experience held in the private Boeing 737-300 simulator in Belgrade. Soon its location is going to be at Belgrade’s airport, so if you are still thinking of trying it or you are already learning to become a pilot but need practice, there will be a chance for that. 

I  wanted to fly helicopters actually as well, but since that was not possible back in time, I am glad that I even saw how it might look like holding the handles of an airplane. 

As my deceased father was a pilot for Boeing 727 and 737, back in the days when passengers could sit in a cockpit (prior to September 11, 2001), I already had an opportunity to sit with him once on a flight to London, when I was like 16. Sorry for the bad quality of the photos, but these are like 20 years old :-).

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>>> What it takes to become cabin crew?

First question every potential candidate, who wants to become cabin crew, should be:  “Do I have what it takes from what is actually required for that profession?” In this post, I will be explaining the main points, and hopefully if you are reading this, you will find what you are looking for.

In all of my blog posts I will be interchanging all the terms explaining this occupation – which are cabin crew, steward/ess, flight attendant… as interestingly I do not know so many occupations out there having several names for it like this one. One of the silly ones I heard once was  “Trolley-dolly”  – but I will skip it of course :-).

Did you wonder what is needed to become cabin crew? 

It is not only about flying, seeing new places and meeting different cultures, it has a lot of hard work involved. Many sleepless nights, so forget 9-17 h working hours, and also sometimes having not so pleasant situations  for which you must have good stamina for. Maybe you just want to make your wish come true, like I made my childhood wish which was to become stewardess one day. But I also wanted some changes in my life, so maybe that could be one of your reasons too. Read my full blog post on why did I choose to do it in my life. Read more

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>>> Why did I become a cabin crew? Is this your dream maybe?

Cabin crew photoWell… I was 26 at the time, living in Budapest, working in an office, my love life and my social life were not as I imagined to be. I felt bored and like I needed something more of my life before becoming 30. My cousin’s girlfriend at the time had just started working for Etihad Airlines (based in Abu Dhabi, UAE) and I got jealous of her stories of visiting places like Indonesia, Philippines. Australia etc. and  so I started thinking… of my God, how can I ever get to these places in the near future. And I was thinking and thinking….and maybe you are also in a similar phase of your life right now, so doing the same thing and you don’t know how to change things around you…

But then, thanks to my mother who encouraged me to go for it, I went to an Emirates airlines’ Open day recruitment session held in Belgrade,  passed various tests (I will talk about them later) and within two months I had a air ticket and contract for three years with Emirates airlines, which is based in Dubai. Maybe, this what happened was also partially influenced with the fact that my father used to be a  commercial pilot for JAT Airways (former Yugoslavia’s and Serbia’s national carrier), and I dreamed of becoming stewardess one day since I was little, and loved airplanes, flying, and blue skies…My father was even supposed to work for this airline back in 1986 but rejected it, and to me it seemed so like a destiny to go there and work for this airline.

I chose Dubai, rather than Abu Dhabi – which is a base for Etihad as I mentioned above, since I was there  for the first time when I was 6 years old and my greatest wish was to visit it again someday, though never imagined or dreamed I would be actually living there. And because Dubai was and still is, and I will write more about it, an amazing place to be, liberated comparing to other Arab states, very international, funky, glammy, fast…and ever-growing city. While Abu Dhabi, on the other hand, is more conservative, and less “fun“, but more family oriented, and I see now that there are some new interesting theme parks there, also Formula One race….

And those flying years were great years for me, seeing what I saw, feeling what I felt, experiencing so many cool things. And plus so many of my wishes came true. That was the time when I started making my own bucket list and ticking off things I already did. I encourage you to make one for yourself and if you want some tips how to do it and maybe some ideas I am prepare you a free Bucket list checklist with some tips on the sidebar.

Life is beautiful or „La vita e bella“. And life gives us so many opportunities, just waiting for us to grab them, sit on wings and flyaway. I am always thinking I would rather die knowing than not knowing. And if it is now the time to do it, never be sorry for what you have done, but what you have not…

Three years of flying were enough for me, as I reached 30 at the time, and wanted to come back home and do again something else, less dynamic. It started being a bit tiring for me physically and that was just one of the reasons for me to stop. I thought being 30 was already like being old….but rubbish – now I see it is definitely not…However,  I accomplished some of my goals, earned some money as well and therefore wanted to leave that part of my life in the best memory. If I started flying younger as a cabin crew, I would definitely spend more years being there.

Therefore I advise young people to apply, as soon as they can, starting from age of 21 of course. See the world, when you have most energy and  you can do all other stuff you plan to, like family later anyways etc.

With this blog I therefore intend to advise also on how to become a cabin crew for Middle eastern airlines, which are one of the best airlines in the world, business –  wise and people – wise. European airlines will never give you the opportunities you can get in the Middle east or Asia..

Don’t wait much to apply for it, remember time is ticking…..tick tock
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