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I came to an Airways Aviation Open Day which was extremely instrumental in my decision as to what ATO I wanted to join. I first noticed Airways on my way back from a disappointing open day at another similar school, which I was less than impressed with. I was greeted on the door and immediately I was welcomed with open arms. There were students at various stages of their training, who were very helpful at answering any burning questions that I had. Before leaving on the day I booked my Compass Test, and was ready to pursue my learning with Airways Aviation. So far, I’ve had an amazing time with my colleagues, instructors and everyone else I’ve met on the course and I wouldn’t change it for the world.
It’s hard to choose what I like most about being at Airways, there’s a lot that’s made me appreciate the last 7 months.
The Theoretical Knowledge Instructors are all very knowledgeable in many areas and are happy to answer any question I have, no matter how stupid they sound.
There’s also a real sense of camaraderie in our class, we’ve all become friends very quickly and I’ve gained friendships that I know I’ll have for life. No matter what mood I have wake up in, someone always manages to make me laugh.
Living around Oxford means there’s a lot to do outside of 24/7 revision, which is desperately needed on a Friday night after 30 hours of ATPLs! Be that going into the University Parks for a walk around, visiting Blenheim Palace or just going for a drink with your course mates, there’s no shortage of extra-curricular activities.
I studied Electronic Engineering at university for two years before realising that it wasn’t for me, and that I should be pursuing what I really wanted. After completing my second year, I then worked in a local restaurant. It wasn’t the most glamorous job, but it gave me valuable skills that I will keep with me throughout my career. I spent 13 months there before being accepted into Airways and I’ve not looked back since!
Get out there and make sure that ATPLs are the thing you want to do most in the world. I took a year out to work, which was extremely beneficial. It made me realise how much I really wanted to be a pilot. It also gave me skills that I didn’t gain from having two years at a degree level and 13 years of compulsory education.
Pilot training is by no means easy and requires commitment, hard work and patience.
Oliver is an Integrated ATPL student based at Airways Aviation Academy in Oxford. Contact us to begin your journey and learn more about becoming a pilot with Airways Aviation