Interview coaching is launching airline pilot careers

Professional interview preparation sets up airline pilot careers

Senior Captain and Airline Interview and Workshop coach Darren McPherson doesn’t just conduct training sessions at Learn to Fly Melbourne, he also runs interview training through his own company, Aviation Consulting Services.

With 30 years’ experience in the industry, Darren has been initiating pilot careers by assisting learner pilots to pass their upcoming airline interviews. He prides himself on giving pilots the best start to achieving their desired outcomes in their aviation careers.


In the last 18 months alone, Darren has helped many students successfully get jobs at airlines. The results, as you can see below, are quite impressive — 52 students passed their airline interviews successfully!

  • Air New Zealand 12
  • Qantas Link 12
  • Qantas Mainline 5
  • Cobhams (Special Missions Dash 8) 3
  • Cathay Pacific (AE) 11
  • Cathay Pacific (Cadet) 4
  • Singapore Airlines (Cadet) 1
  • Skywest Airlines (United States) 4
  • Total 52

After students make it through the interview process they move onto the simulator phase. Out of that 52 students, 30 finally got employed by the airlines:

  • Air New Zealand 8
  • Qantas Link 2
  • Qantas Mainline 1
  • Cobhams (Special Missions Dash 8) 3
  • Cathay Pacific (AE) 7
  • Cathay Pacific (Cadet) 4
  • Singapore Airlines (Cadet) 1
  • Skywest Airlines (United States) 4
  • Total 30

As you can see from the information above, most students who passed their interviews went on to pass the simulation phase and receive a job offer as a result.


For an airline interview, preparation really is everything because the process is intense and it demands precision. It can take up to 6 months from beginning to end to secure a role at an airline and the steps along the way are rigorous—even the most confident students need to apply themselves to do well.

At Learn to Fly, we strive to do all we can to get students ready to break into the aviation industry and enhance their pilot careers. During each Airline Interview Coaching Session, Darren will give you tips and advice so you can:

  • Prepare your documents
  • Create a suitable, winning CV
  • Get your HR up to scratch
  • Enhance your technical knowledge
  • Understand all aspects of the pilot screening process


Learning in a small group with other students who are at the same level and from instructors who are supportive and happy to answer all of your queries and concerns works wonders when you need to brush up your knowledge ahead of taking your interview.

Don’t know all the methods behind IQ and psychometric testing? Not sure what will happen in the flight simulation phase? Need tips for keeping your cool? We are here to make you shine!


There is a growing demand for pilots in the Australian and the Asia Pacific region. In fact, Boeing forecasts some half a million pilots will be needed over the next 20 years. Therefore, you should make the most of it.

Best of all, when you train for your airline interview at Learn to Fly, you train with professionals who have worked across Australasia and know just what’s expected both in the interview and on the job.

Find out for yourself why Darren is such a top-rated instructor and expert in launching careers!

If you have an airline interview coming up or are currently undertaking the Future Cadet Pilot Program, check out the Airline Interview Coaching Session at Learn to Fly.