Meet Nicolai Krogh Hauge, a 28-year-old First Officer who brings his passion for aviation to the Xfly Team. In this interview, Nicolai shares insights from his nearly one-year experience with Xfly.
- What motivated you to pursue a career as a pilot and how long are you working as the First Officer?
Ever since I was a child, I have always known that I wanted to be a pilot. Through hard work and dedication, I am now living my dream.
Having that big of a responsibility of transporting passengers from point A to point B, I am always eager to do so in the most professional manner, prioritizing safety and with a smile on my face.
- Can you share your professional insights on operating ATR aircraft? What unique features / advantages do you feel it has in comparison to other aircraft types?
The ATR is one of my favorite aircraft. Being a tech guy, I am very impressed by the technology and the work environment that the ATR-600 offers; the electronic checklists are just one example.
It is a true workhorse that requires hands-on flying skills, which makes it a pleasure to operate.
- Can you tell us a bit about the people you typically fly with and your experience with the crew?
The best thing about being a First Officer on the ATR at Xfly is the colleagues. During my time here, I have had two different bases, first in ARN and now in CPH, and the friendliness is consistent throughout. From the moment you check-in and meet your team of the day to when you call the office, the warm welcoming feeling of “together we achieve more” is felt immediately.
- Outside of flying, what hobbies or activities do you engage in to maintain a healthy work-life balance?
I would say the work-life balance is fantastic. My biggest passion is flying, but it's also important to have a life outside of work. In my opinion, our schedules are unbeatable. I have only experienced positive things, and my colleagues do whatever they can to listen to my requests.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, and flying with skydivers.
- Given the unique lifestyle and responsibilities associated with being a pilot, what advice would you offer to people considering a career in aviation?
My best advice to people considering an aviation career is this: if you enjoy a workplace where passion is rewarded and you want to feel appreciated for your work, this is the industry for you. I started my aviation career as a Flight Dispatcher, later worked as a Ground Handler, and then as an FBO Manager.
With that experience, I can say that the 'feeling of making a difference' is found in every part of the industry.