|Joined Airways Aviation||4 April 2016|
|Course||Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane)|
|Current status||Module 4 of training|
Why did you select Airways Aviation?
I was recommended to study here at Airways Aviation from a family friend of my father’s whose son had completed his flight training at the Gold Coast. Airways Aviation had just opened their doors to pilot training (aeroplane) so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to go and apply. My father also knew some of the rotary students studying at Airways Aviation, who again recommend the academy.
How easy did you find the research process when looking for an academy to get your licence?
I had started my flying in South Africa, however, I wanted to continue my flying with a reputable and quality school. What appealed to me about Airways Aviation was their integrated CASA program. I preferred this program to modular training after assessing both training schedules. Whilst I had a handful of recommendations to study at Airways Aviation, I still wasn’t sure of the industry, so took the initiative to research everything I could about becoming a pilot online. I wanted to make an educated decision.
Upon coming across the Airways Aviation website, I filled out an enquiry form online. The Dubai team were prompt in their reply and called to arrange a meeting at their Dubai location. This was a great experience as I could speak first hand not only some industry experts but also their flight instructors, getting all the information I needed to form the best decision. I went through everything that was available from both the UK and Australia Academies and decided to go to Australia that week.
One huge selling point of going to Australia was the weather. Whilst the UK would have been great for instrumental flying, Queensland proved 80% of the year to have great flying conditions.
If a potential student was on the fence about whether to study with Airways Aviation or not, what would you say to them?
I think it depends on the student’s individual circumstances, as each has their own process. I do feel however that Airways Aviation is most definitely a far better experience for the international students in comparison to some other Australian schools.
What do you like about the academy and why?
My favourite thing about my learning experience has been the instructors. Flying can be very stressful and difficult, it pushes and tests your abilities every day. With that, you need a mentor who can help and guide you properly through the process. My instructor Jameson has made my transition to the pilot life an incredible one. He has made this a very comfortable experience for me, keeping me motivated and focused at all times.
My instructor Jameson has made my transition to the pilot life an incredible one. He has made this a very comfortable experience for me, keeping me motivated and focused at all times.
What advice can you give to students that are looking to become pilots?
Do your research before embarking upon a career in aviation, it is a giant of an industry and is forever changing. What was required 5 years ago generally won’t be required now – whatever you think you know most probably won’t be the case, so make sure you talk to people and get all the information at hand before starting. Becoming a pilot requires agility, dedication, motivation and a lot of hard work!