It is now well over three years ago since I embarked on my journey to becoming a commercial pilot. I have been so fortunate with the opportunities that have presented themselves to me to get me to where I am now, flying an Airbus A320 for one of Europes largest airlines.

One of these opportunities that I was so lucky to have was meeting Simon Witts and being introduced to Aviation Skills Partnership and with it the BSc Honours Degree in Professional Aviation Pilot Practices. I am now less than two weeks away from graduating with this degree and the benefits it has offered me have been excellent.

Not only did the degree provide me with additional financial support to fund my training in the form of the maintenance loans but it also provided me with a new skill set that I would not have developed if I was to undertake the pilot training without the degree. These skills prove to be extremely valuable and help transfer my very niche set of piloting skills in to a broader set of opportunities such as management or flight data monitoring, if ever I was to pursue these roles. The course helped me reflect on my pilot training and allowed me to analyse and refine my practices to make me the pilot I am today.

I would like to thank Simon Witts and the Aviation Skills Partnership team for all of the help and support they have provided me to this day. I am excited to continue working with them in the future to help more people achieve this fantastic career.


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