Magnetic Training: What’s it Like to Complete OJT and A320 Type Training

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Choosing a suitable training requires a trainee to plan and allocate time well in advance. In other words, it becomes a future investment and the foundation of a career, so there are a lot of details that need to be considered. For this reason, Rahul John from India, a recent graduate of Magnetic Training, takes us through his experience and shares advice with everyone who wants to apply.

How would you describe the quality of OJT and A320-type training at Magnetic Training?

Rahul John: When I started planning to enroll in a type training, my initial list of choices had around ten Part-147 organizations in and around the EU. After zeroing it down to Magnetic MRO, based on a handful of decisional factors, I was eager to know for real how practical and useful the training would be. 

After completing my type training on the A320 family and subsequent OJT, with my license now endorsed, I knew for sure that I had made the right choice. Magnetic MRO provided excellent service regarding the quality of the training, followed by support and guidance from the team. The Part-147 training program, the instructors, and the materials were all fantastic. 

In addition, the maintenance teams in the Part-145 hangars were very helpful, especially when I expressed a keen interest in enhancing my knowledge. Overall, it was worth the effort, and I recommend Magnetic MRO to any hardworking, career-oriented EASA Part-66 AML holder.

You stayed in Estonia for more than several months to complete type training and OJT. What was the process like to find accommodation and settle down there? 

RJ: I picked my accommodation via Airbnb, while some of my trainee colleagues chose hotels. Either way, sorting out the accommodation question before reaching Tallinn is highly recommended. Since the OJT alone would take at least 6-7 weeks to finish, finding a comfortable stay is paramount to help one focus well during the training period. 

It’s wise to keep in mind that it’s best to pick a place to stay where one can also prepare meals of their choice. Another piece of advice that may come in handy to prospective trainees would be not to stay too far away from the hangar. Reside no more than 15-20 minutes away from the airport.

Can you elaborate on the steps of endorsing the license with certificates you have received from Magnetic?

RJ: The Magnetic Training team, which consisted of Todor and Maarja, and others, did a fantastic job of making our pursuit for the license endorsement as smooth as possible. Todor is a very experienced aircraft maintenance personnel and training coordinator who has assisted numerous candidates associated with various EASA NAAs with their OJT and applications over several years. 

My fellow trainees and I were provided with all the necessary documents to attain our initial endorsement without any hassle. Submission of all those documents that Magnetic Training provides, along with Form-19 and the previous empty AML, to the respective NAA, shall suffice for the initial endorsement. However, individual NAA’s licensing offices may (or may not) ask for additional documents. Magnetic maintains excellent standards for all the training programs and maintenance activities; their reputation precedes them.

Would you like to share any tips regarding your stay in Estonia so that other trainees can prepare for it?

RJ: Estonia was unique and special compared to all the other countries I’d been to and lived in. The capital of this Baltic state is a very calm and peaceful seaside city. Although there are various means of travel in Tallinn, from electric scooters to cabs to trams to buses, I often walked for my fondness of Tallinn’s weather and the city’s serenity. 

Tallinn has enough to keep you amused during the off-training days if you are keen to explore the local culture and history. It’s forbidden to leave Tallinn without exploring the mesmerizing Old Town, especially the Christmas market during winter. The locals are helpful, although they generally may not be prompt conversationalists. Lastly, I wish all future trainees have a fantastic set of friendly, supportive, and intellectually stimulating fellow batchmates as I did. Good luck!