Prospective University of Southern Queensland (USQ) aviation students took to the skies as part of an exclusive introductory flight trial in Brisbane on Saturday (December 5).
Fifteen people were given the opportunity to experience the thrill of flying an aircraft with Airline Academy of Australia (AAA) at Archerfield Airport.
USQ Head of Aviation and Logistics Professor Paul Bates said the introductory flight trials provided participants a rare glimpse into the world of aviation and a taste of what to expect as a student of USQ’s Bachelor of Aviation.
“These flights gave potential students a real opportunity to experience the sort of flying they will encounter in their first year of the aviation degree at USQ with our preferred provider Airline Academy of Australia,” Professor Bates said.
“These are the type of aircrafts they will learn to fly in and it was important they knew exactly what it will be like to study aviation at USQ.”
Jason Dapozzo travelled from Sydney to take advantage of the chance to sit in the pilot’s seat of a Cessna 172R aircraft.
Following his lesson, Mr Dapozzo said he is keen to study at USQ next year and get his pilot’s license.
“I would definitely move to Queensland to do this course. I’d go across the world if I had to just to pursue a career in aviation,” he said.
“It has always been my dream to be an airline pilot.
“I love the feeling being in the air, zipping through the clouds and seeing the whole world in front of me.”
Hundreds of people have expressed interest in USQ’s Bachelor of Aviation, planned to commence at USQ Springfield in 2016 with students able to complete the third year in their degree online.
The degree will offer two majors; one in Aviation Management and the other in flight operations, including a pathway for eligible students to begin flight training through an accredited trainer, early in their degree.
As well as the potential for flight training, the program will provide students the opportunity to work with highly-trained permanent academic staff including current and former airline, Air Force and instructor pilots and aviation managers.
With the global aviation industry in a major period of growth, Professor Bates said anyone interested in a career in aviation should consider studying at USQ.
“USQ is the only university where students who want to be pilots will be introduced to flying in the first year and become professional pilots as part of their bachelor degree,” he said.
“It takes excellent leadership, teamwork and communications skills, as well as good problem solving ability and resilience to become a pilot, something USQ’s aviation academic staff will work closely with students to develop.
“We’ve already had a lot of interest in the flight operations major, but we are particularly pleased in the interest in the aviation management major, which is a new area of endeavour for school leavers as there is no other program like it in Queensland.”
To learn more about USQ’s Bachelor of Aviation, visit www.usq.edu.au/aviation.