Quality Fly Integrated Student to Ryanair First Officer

Cameron Murphy went from Quality Fly Student to First Officer, all before the age of 22 years old!

He is currently working as a First Officer at Ryanair, and at the end of 2023 he had accumulated more than 1000 hours in the Boeing 737.

Cameron finished our ATP Integrated Program in September 2021, and it fills us with joy to see him so happy and progressing in his dream career. We are proud of you Cameron!

He very kindly came to visit us for a sit down and a chat about his training and work experience, and what he has in mind for the future.


Why did you decide to become a pilot?

I’ve always wanted to be a pilot. It’s been in my family history since the start. My grandparents, uncles, they’ve all been involved in aviation so it’s something I’ve always wanted to do, and as soon as I could I came over here to start pursuing the dream.


Why did you choose Madrid for your ATP Flight Training?

I chose Madrid for the flight training, firstly because of the weather, it’s glorious, it’s always perfect. That really helps us to speed up the process and it makes the licence so much more achievable in a shorter period of time.

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Madrid has more than 300 sunny days per year. Perfect for flying!


Why did you choose Quality Fly?

One of the main reasons I chose Quality Fly is it’s got a real international environment. When I started the school where was almost 20 different nationalities and since then it’s grown a lot and I am sure there are many more nationalities now!

Secondly, when I came to visit the school, everybody was so inviting, they really made me feel welcome and I didn’t really want to leave.

The training was as good as I hoped it would be, so overall the best place to study in my opinion.


What did your life look like while here studying in Madrid?

My daily life in Madrid over the two years I was here consisted of studying a lot. Unfortunately, it has to be done for this job, but also enjoying a lot of the city, enjoying time with the amazing people, getting out and enjoying the sun and generally enjoying the experience.


How long did it take you to start working after completing the ATP Integrated Program?

So I finished the ATP Integrated Program in September 2021, and it took approximately seven months between finishing the course and starting the training for my first job.


What does a day in the Ryanair cockpit consist of?

So typically in the cockpit we, after having a briefing with the cabin crew and captain of course, will enter the cockpit, and decide who is going to fly each way.

The pilot monitoring or the pilot not flying will go outside and have an exterior look at the aircraft to make sure everything is in check, while the pilot flying will start setting up the aircraft.


Why is your favourite thing in the day of a Ryanair First Officer?

My favourite thing on a normal day at work would be when we get to do something a little bit out of the ordinary, when we get to do a type of approach which is a little bit different. For example, flying to places like Corfu in Greece. A little bit more manual flying on the approach, actually feeling the aircraft again, or challenging weather. There’s something very satisfying after getting on the ground after flying through some some challenging weather or busy airspace. That’s when you really feel satisfied with yourself like you’ve really earned your pay check.


What is the difference between the aircraft you trained in and the Boeing 737?

Well, all aircraft have wings and they all have engines, so the Tecnams we used in Quality Fly and the 737 we fly in Ryanair, at the root of it, they are the same thing. The 737 has a bit more power and a few more seats, and is a little bit less fun to fly. Flying Tecnams is a little bit more enjoyable!

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Quality Fly’s fleet is made up of 14 Tecnam aircraft and 1 Cessna C172 (for UPRT)

What are the most important qualities a pilot should have?

We use a term in the industry called CRM (Crew Resource Management) and this is generally the way you interact with people, the way you talk to people, get on with people. Sometimes not even with words, just the way you can integrate yourself into a group and make everybody feel welcome is the way I like to think of it. I think it’s important to be nice, to be friendly, but also to be punctual, to be well turned out and professional in everything you do.


How to prepare for an airline interview

The secret to preparing well for an airline interview is to start as early as possible. As soon as I knew that I was going to have the Interview I started my preparations the very next morning.


Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?

In 10 years who knows where I’ll be. It’s hard to predict what’s going to happen tomorrow, but once you do secure your first Airline job you can be pretty sure that you’re always going to be able to work within the industry. I myself would quite like to stay with Ryanair. They offer a very quick command system, so I’m looking to be a captain within three years, so before even the age of 25 potentially.

I recently got 500 hours*, which made me more of a senior first officer which is a step towards towards the captaincy.

*Cameron has recently completed 1000 hours since this interview


What do you miss about your training experience?

I miss the true sensation of flying, flying smaller aircraft and I miss flying visual. Of course, in the airline world everything is done with our instruments, whereas most of the flying done in Flight School at Quality Fly is done with visual reference. It is a lot more enjoyable, so I’d say I miss that the most.


Cameron’s Top Three Tips for Future Pilots

3 tips for future pilots?

Work hard, study hard, but also play hard. Enjoy your time here as well.


You can watch the full interview with Cameron here.


About Quality Fly


Quality Fly is a flight academy based in Cuatro-Vientos airport, Madrid.

The academy boasts a highly international profile with all classes taught in English and a student base of more than 35 different nationalities.

At the very heart of their training offer is possibly Europe’s most innovative ATPL integrated program, which meets the latest and future EASA requirements and includes 40 hours in A320 full flight simulator level D, night flights in MEP, gliding training sessions and career advice. All to ensure the highest level of competency to fly as First Officer in the most demanding airlines around the world and prepare the students for real life circumstances.

The commitment of Quality Fly to digital processes and effective systems allows the school to maintain its very competitive price for the 2024 ATPL course.