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January 2020

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Jennifer Allen
Captain on the Bombardier Challenger 350 fleet
MY FIRST EXPOSURE TO FLYING WAS… on a commercial flight, at the age of six, travelling to Tel Aviv on my own to see my mother (she was working as an actress
over there). To be honest I was terrified, but I got over it. I first dreamt about being a pilot at school, but not much information (or encouragement) was available from the careers office. I studied maths- and science-based subjects hoping it would help later on.

MY FIRST FLIGHT AT THE CONTROLS… was a trial flying lesson as part of a college group trip to a flying club. I wasn’t really hooked at that stage, but eventually saved enough cash to start a PPL (private pilot’s licence) at Biggin Hill. I think I got hooked on the views from up there…and they’ve just got better and better as my career has progressed.
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Jennifer Allen
BEFORE JOINING THE NETJETS TEAM, I WAS… working in Guernsey flying a Saab 340 turboprop aircraft for the local airline, Aurigny. Before, I had been a Flight Trials Observer at a flight-testing facility and a Flight Instructor at a flying club. Thinking back I can’t believe there was life before NetJets! I was sitting at my desk working on flight trials report when I received the call from Aurigny offering me a flying job. I almost fell off my chair – that was probably my proudest moment, but it’s on a par with doing the first flight. NetJets was quite a shock to the system — a very different way of operating, especially compared to a small airline!

ON MY DAYS OFF… I love playing badminton when I can, going to Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London and iFlying … hopefully with a view to skydiving one day!

WITHIN THE NEXT FEW YEARS, I WOULD LIKE TO… start work on completely renovating my grandmother’s Victorian house – certainly within the next year. Within ten years I’ll be well and truly retired, perhaps develop more properties and finally complete my interior design course.

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