After just one flying lesson, Sue Tuddenham, was totally hooked and determined to become a professional pilot. Working hard to raise funds for further training she was able to complete her Private Pilot’s Licence at Booker Airfield, England. Sue then built her hours as a volunteer Tug Pilot for Booker Gliding Club, towing gliders in their Super Cub and Robin. This training gave her a fondness for tail draggers and inspired her love of aerobatics, as she spent all her aero-tow credits having lots of fun upside-down in gliders! Soon afterwards, and with the assistance of savings, scholarships and loans, Sue completed her Commercial Pilots Licence, Multi Engine Rating and Instrument Rating together with a Multi Crew Cooperation Course leading to a European frozen Airline Transport Pilots Licence in early 2013. Whilst saving for further training, Sue worked as an apprentice in a workshop re-fabricing vintage aeroplanes and later instructing members of the public on B737-800 simulator. In February 2014, Sue was about to start her Flying Instructors course when newscame of a dream job offer flying a Citation XLS for a Biz Jet Company based in London. It was an offer she couldn’t refuse.
Now, almost two years on and Sue has flown clients across 25 different countries and 117 European cities building over 670 hours multi jet engine, multi crew time. She has flown the rich, the famous and even royalty in her exciting new role and thinks the job is absolutely amazing!
Sue says one of the highlights of the job, as well as the “awesome flying” and getting to meet some “pretty interesting people”, is actually getting to see some of the places she visits, as crews can be down-route for a few days. She’s had the chance to explore some really great cities and see the sights. Sue says “I didn’t travel as much as I would have liked to after uni, as I spent all my money on flying lessons but I feel that I'm more than making up for it now!”
Some of Sue’s proudest moments have been doing medical flights, such as organ transportation, where she’s says “I feel so happy to be part of a team that’s hopefully changed someone’s life for the better”.
In her spare time, Sue can still be found at her local airfield, drinking tea watching vintage aircraft and aerobatic practice or squeezing in a cheeky flight or two!