‘My name is Jack Hawkins, I’m an aircraft engineering apprentice with Ryanair, based at Stansted’.
Can you give us a brief outline of what first sparked your interest in aviation?
‘Aviation has been a fascination to say the least from a very young age; my grandmother was an incredibly important figure in my life growing up and she lived just under the approach path to Duxford. I used to spend hours watching aircraft land and decided from young that aviation was the industry I wanted to work within. I became an air cadet aged 13 which really reinforced my motives and began volunteering at Bruntingthorpe working on ex RAF Blackburn Buccaneers – this was largely where my interest within aircraft maintenance was born, along with undertaking 2 weeks of work experience with the Royal Air Force at the age of 15’.