19 year old 737-800 FO


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Didn't see this posted anywhere else......

Something I noticed, it seems to me like Norwegian is using Aero Union's old paintjob. :)

"He's still a teenager – and yet he's already a high-flyer.

Alex Kempton became a professional pilot with airline Norwegian when he was just 18 and now, at 19, has just co-piloted a Boeing 737 with his captain father, David.

It's the first time in the airline's 15-year history that a service has been flown by a father-and-son combination – and MailOnline Travel can reveal the journey in a series of fascinating step-by-step pictures.

The pair, from Kenilworth, Warwickshire, flew 180 passengers on a brand-new multi-million pound Boeing 737-800 aircraft on a four-and-a-half-hour flight from Tenerife South Airport to Birmingham Airport recently

Alex Kempton became the youngest pilot at Europe's third largest low-cost airline at the age of 19 last September, just two years after starting flight school. Alex was offered his first professional pilot job from Norwegian at 18, just a week before his 19th birthday, and only two years after watching aircraft at Coventry Airport with his dad as a young aviation enthusiast.

Norwegian arranged for David and Alex to fly together as part of Alex's flight training as David is a training captain, giving him the chance to train his son at his first airline job.

David Kempton, 54, has 30 years' flying experience logging more than 14,000 hours which has seen him work for several airlines and fly private jets for the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, 90s pop groups and even a former Prime Minister. David joined Norwegian in 2013 and is currently the most senior pilot at Norwegian's Tenerife base.

Base Chief Captain David Kempton said: 'It's truly an honour to take to the skies and share the cockpit with my son as Norwegian pilots.

'I've always been fascinated with flying and I've encouraged Alex to share my aviation passion at every opportunity so this is an extremely proud moment. I'm very grateful to Norwegian for not only giving my son the opportunity to take-off his flying career but also arranging for us to fly together on this special flight.'"

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Meh - I dunno. 10 years ago I was 19 and was flying for a living in my first "job." Age doesn't really mean a whole hell of a lot to me with regard to the competency aspect of aviation, there are 50 year old guys with 20,000hrs I've flown with that have no business in the left seat under IFR and there are 18 year olds with barely any time I've flown with that were highly competent.

The only advantage that age confers in the cockpit is a little more life experience, and that isn't something that all people have or use appropriately.


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Aviation is many things, fair isn't necessarily one of them. This kid got a really nice boost, hopefully he has a legitimate love of aviation to make the most of his situation and not let it go to waste.
Even outside of aviation, I'm always perplexed by the kids who's folks hand them everything on a silver platter, and the kid doesn't care or worse.

In aviation I know of three kids who's folks gave up a lot to help them out. Only one is truly appreciative of it. That's sad.


Even outside of aviation, I'm always perplexed by the kids who's folks hand them everything on a silver platter, and the kid doesn't care or worse.

In aviation I know of three kids who's folks gave up a lot to help them out. Only one is truly appreciative of it. That's sad.
My career definitely isn't perfect, and to a degree I was negatively effected by some unfortunate timing, finances, and work selection, however, I still managed to get my foot in the door. There are many other people who have the same love of aviation I do that never had a fraction of the opportunities I had. So while I may not be a regional CA or even on a real track to a major I consider myself very fortunate to have been able to do what I wanted to since I was 5, even if for a relatively short time.
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Meh, you know it was the dad who paid for the kid's type rating, line training, and MCC. Big $$$
That means he gets to buy the first round (and maybe more than one round) when he upgrades.

He should have had to do it the hard way - by asking people who he only knew of as a screen name on an open access message board to walk his resume in.

I was 21 when I started at the regionals. I'm 27 now, the old man at the regionals.
Psh. "Lemme tell you, son..."


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Can't imagine the CRM in that cockpit if crap started to go awry...."Dad, I think we're below the DA!" "How many times have I told you? You call me Captain!!" "Um, OK. Captain I th......" *Sounds of crushing metal*

P.S. I know a 17 year old about to get his type rating in a Citation. 210tt....
You can fly jets with under 250 hrs. Or, used to be able to.

I remember the outrage here back in 2006 when Szluka wrote about a 24 yr old Gulfstreamer who went to Continental straight to the 75/76. But I guess that was different because that particular guy had done the Gulfstream program and it was considered PFT. In the end, that guy has got 11 years seniority at United now and since he was pre-merger CAL 2006 hire, probably a 737 CA now.

Just enjoy life as it comes. This industry sucks in the sense that it's all seniority with zero portability of skills and education. You will always start over at the bottom. But it is what it is.

Is this the bad Norwegian or the good one? Maybe he'll be a 27 year old Dreamliner CA someday flying to all the big cities in the United States as our mainlines continue to shrink their own metal international flights and continue to codeshare it all away.