Budding pilot is flying high

A Wilmslow teenager who dreams of becoming an airline pilot won the trip of a lifetime having scooped first prize in a recent Jet2 competition.

Max Jones, a Year 13 student at Wilmslow High School, had to submit a 30 second video clip on why he should join the CEO of the company to a ceremony at Boeing's production facility in Seattle, USA for the official handover of Jet2's 100th aircraft.

Max, 18, who is about to qualify with his Private Pilot's Licence and wants to become a commercial pilot with a company like Jet2, was chosen from over 2000 applicants.

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays bosses were extremely impressed with Max's entry in which he described how he was training to be a pilot in his spare time and how he dreamt of working for the UK's third largest airline. After finding out he had won his place on the trip for two people, Max invited his elder brother Nick to accompany him.

Having flown from Manchester to Heathrow to meet up with his brother, they then travelled business class to Seattle, which got off to a great start when he was invited up to the flight deck by the Captain for pre-flight checks.

Max told wilmslow.co.uk "When we arrived in Seattle we had four days of sightseeing, touring Boeing's huge production facility, an official reception and dinners, a close up inspection of the new 737 and then the official delivery ceremony, before watching the aircraft take off for its maiden flight back to the UK."

He added "It was an unforgettable experience and I made some great contacts for my proposed commercial pilot career."

Wilmslow High School


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Terry Roeves
Friday 25th January 2019 at 12:10 pm
Congratulations Max! Always good to hear about anyone following their dream. Good luck with your chosen career.
Marcia McGrail
Wednesday 30th January 2019 at 5:32 pm
Hear, hear! Well done, young man. How about a regular slot where we can hear about more of these bright young people? - warms the cockles, so it does.