Airways Aviation’s Managing Director Ollie Pennington and Nick Bird, Operations Manager of the Bournemouth based fixed wing and helicopter training company, flew their recently acquired £1.7 million AS350 Squirrel helicopter, to Milton Abbey School to provide a presentation covering careers in airlines and the helicopter industry.
Over 20 students attended the formal presentation having expressed an interest to learn more about the training required to become a commercial pilot. The visitors then allowed the students to take a close look at the AS350 Squirrel.
Ollie Pennington said that Milton Abbey School is the first of a number of key schools where they will be making the presentation to explain the career steps to becoming a professional pilot. A specialized Aviation Foundation theory course has now been launched by Airways Aviation for those who are looking for a well-structured pathway and wish to gain that cost competitive edge as a first step to their formal Commercial Pilot Licence training.
“Few people realize that someone can legally become a qualified commercial pilot at the age of 18 and that there are still many opportunities with the airlines,” said Ollie. “We were delighted with the very intelligent questions we received from the students and they are most welcome to visit us at our Bournemouth airport base anytime to view our plane and helicopter fleet.”
Thanking them for their visit, Mrs Kate Timmis, Director of Studies said: “This was a superb opportunity for our pupils to discuss aviation-based careers with Nick and his team. They benefited from a detailed presentation about career opportunities and the tour of the helicopter itself offered a tangible and exciting insight into the world of a commercial pilot.”