2022 Crew Room Stories

Welcome to the 2022 Crew Room

This is a dedicated room (topic) to share some your highlights within aviation during 2022. Whether you:

  • Just started flight training or ground school
  • Had your first solo
  • Got your first pilot certificate
  • Started a new job
  • Or anything aviation related

feel free to share so we can all enjoy one another’s successes. Use this space to reflect on your year.

I’ll begin. I’m writing this as I just completed my last flight for the year yesterday. Its been bittersweet in many ways but ending in a positive nonetheless.

As some may know I started a new job this year. Leaving the airlines was an unknown venture for me. I didn’t know what new horizons I was about to face but it was a challenge I was up for. That said, I’ve been fortunate to enjoy this new adventure immensely and look forward to the many more adventures that are to come next year. Some of these adventures have taken me to new countries and areas of the world where I’m able to enjoy meeting new people, try new foods, and take in the new sights.

At the end of each year, I typically go back into my logbook to find that “one” flight that was truly the most memorable. And for me, that flight was my first oceanic crossing from San Diego, CA to Kahului, HI. It was literally like going on your first solo. Not believing what you’re about to embark on is legal and even happening in the first place. Truly a remarkable experience!

Quick Stats:

  • Flight Time: 525hrs (21days 21hrs)
  • Total Distance: 167,422 miles
  • Longest Flight (dist.): 2295.2nm | 5.4hrs | PHOG-KBFI
  • Shortest Flight (dist.): 10.7nm | (10mins) | KTEB-KEWR
  • Longest Flight (time): 6.2hrs | KTEB-KSBA
  • Shortest Flight (time): 7mins | KISM-KORL
  • Coolest Destination: L F Wade Intl. Bermuda (TXKF)

Here’s to a successful year and many more that are to come. 2023 and beyond!

One of our Challenger 350s parked on the ramp at Eagle, CO (KEGE)

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What were some of your aviation highlights?

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Firstly, fantastic topic Matt and I’m looking forward to hearing everyone’s stories!

I started a new job with Qantas in November 2021 as a Customer Service Agent here in Melbourne, Australia so therefore worked all of 2022 in that role.

In June 2022, I applied for a new position at work which is called a Dual Door Marshaller. Essentially, when we are boarding or disembarking a Boeing 737 using the rear door as well as the front, my job is to supervise the boarding/disembarkation from the rear of the aircraft out on the tarmac. It was a great experience, minus the sometimes miserable weather that we had to deal with here in Melbourne.

More recently, I progressed from my role as a Dual Door Marshal into a new role known by Qantas as Aerobridge Domestic. Essentially, it’s a gate agent role where you’re in charge of anything that happens “above the wing” for a departure or arrival and your role is to coordinate the boarding and disembarkation as well as dealing with passengers with specific needs, unaccompanied minors, service dogs etc.

I certainly love my new role, even though putting the second bridge on the Airbus A330 can be nerve racking when you do it yourself for the first time as I found out very recently.

Overall though, I love my job and I love aviation so I believe I’m one of the lucky few that can call their work a hobby that I get paid for.

Can’t wait to read everyone’s stories!

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That’s awesome Declan. Sounds like you’re most certainly enjoying your job and the perks it may come with!

This is when you know you’ve found the right job for you. When you don’t even consider it work. 😜

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That’s exactly true. I literally say to myself everyday I go to work, “let’s go and play with some aircraft today” and then I realise that I’m lucky enough to get paid for it as well.

My eventual goal is to apply for the QGPA (Qantas Group Pilot Academy) which is in Toowoomba, Queensland. That’s what I’m working towards and hoping that already being employed with Qantas could be benefical in my application.

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Your job sounds like a lot of fun!

Hopefully my future job is a, “hobby,” and not something I, “have to go to.”

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Fingers crossed it is mate. As Matt mentioned, once that is the case, you’ll know that you’ve found the right job for you.

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I like the plan! Hope it all works out. 😃

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This year has been really exciting for me aviation-wise. So much has happened, but I am gonna try and summarize it:

  • January: In January I applied at the DFS (the German air navigation service provider) for becoming ATC and at Lufthansa for becoming an aviation management student for them. I got accepted in both cases and after much deliberation I decided for the first option. I can‘t understate the difficulty of the selection process for becoming a German ATC, but if you make it, it can be such a cool job! In both instances, I was also able to fly to the assessment centers in Hamburg (DFS, twice) and Frankfurt (Lufthansa). One cool thing with the Lufthansa assessment center flights was, that I was on the 1st Lufthansa flight of the day leaving Munich and later that day on the last one arriving at MUC. All in all January was very exciting!
  • June: In June I embarked on my first long-haul in my life. Prior to that I have flown a lot (at least for my standards) in my 18 years of my life, but never longer than 3 hours at a time. Thus, I was very excited to fly my first long-haul with my home carrier Lufthansa in one of their B747-8s from FRA to JFK after I flew MUC - FRA to connect. The cherry on top was that I persuaded my mom to stay in the TWA hotel for one night. I can‘t even put into words how awesome that experience was! I then also flew domestically in the US for the first time when flying LGA - DCA with AA and besides that airline choice being the biggest mistake of my flying life, the airports were located in pretty neat spots. I topped off that trip with a flight from IAD back to MUC in the fantastic LH A350-900.
  • July: Thanks to me finishing my A-levels with a pretty good average, my dad donated me and my friend a trip to the West coast of the US. Thus I was lucky enough to fly MUC-YYZ-LAX and later LAS-DEN-MUC. And while I couldn’t really enjoy the return flight since I caught COVID (as I later found out) in Las Vegas, these still were some of my coolest flights, especially the one to LAX.

  • September: In September I started my dual studies with the DFS. Now I am a student at the university of Worms, which is the biggest aviation-focused university in Germany, and I am at the beginning of my first 1.5 years of Air Traffic Management studies. After 1.5 years I will begin my ATC training with the DFS and in 3 years I should start working as an ATC somewhere in Germany. Until now it has been a blast and while it sure isn’t as fun learning about aviation and ATC compared to being an ATC, it is still so much more enjoyable than learning about things in school I never really even wanted to know about xD

  • December: In December I again had quite an eventful month. Firstly, I had an airport tour around the whole of Frankfurt Airport where I saw every inch of apron and runway possible and learned quite a bit about the airport. It was also this day that I first saw the Lufthansa B787 which I would then fly on the 28th of December. I flew FRA-MUC-FRA. The way there I flew in Premium Economy (a first for me) and the way back in Business Class (also a first for me). Despite only being 40 minutes short, especially the flight back was my coolest flight experience ever, especially combined with my first time being in an airport lounge. In this case I was lucky enough that the Business and Senator Lounge in the satellite terminal of MUC are currently merged into one, so I was able to experience the luxury that is the Senator Lounge in Munich. In December I also visited the center and tower at MUC airport, an opportunity I got due to me being an ATC trainee. I really wish I can end up working in MUC because both working places were so cool!

That‘s all I think, all in all probably the best year of my life!

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Man, you’ve been busy!!!

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My aviation highlight was when I flew JetBlue KIN-FLL got delayed due to radar issue and at last minute they canceled the flight, only plus was I got to go in the cockpit 😑 worse 11 hours of my life

I really have been, but I can‘t complain. Always when my professor at Uni, who was CFO at Austrian previously, tells us about how stressful it was to fly 10 times a week in his position, I in contrast always wish for exactly that. And while my year might not have been quite as extreme, it was still beyond amazing! The only thing that I had to sacrifice a bit, was my activity in Infinite Flight, but I am aiming to get a bit more active again during my semester break.
I also didn’t even mention my private jet livery ^^ I keep remembering cool things that happened this year thanks to this topic! Thanks for creating it!

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Anytime. Stories like this are what’s the most appealing. And we often forget how much we’ve done throughout the year that its fun sometimes to relive those memories.

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I started my flight training, started planespotting and flew almost 30 times (commercially) this year. That pretty much sums up 2022 in aviation for me.

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I’m July this year I did my first discovery flight and here is the plane I flew!

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This year, I purchased a DJI mini 2 drone. My favorite thing about it is waking up early and capturing the sunrise:


This has to be my aviation highlight from this year!

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The colors of the sky… are amazing! 😍

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This is my aviation highlight!

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First time flying on a Airbus NEO aircraft. I sadly failed on reaching my goal of getting 10 models in time for the year…

I guess this year’s highlight is the start of my Aviation Models hobby and my first time on a Airbus NEO aircraft. Speaking of which, it has been my first time on a Airbus aircraft in about 6 years.

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This year has been absolutely shocking and I cant wait to see the back of it.

The End.

I’m having a good time. Final stage check and PPL license hopefully by the end of January!🤞

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