Tayside Aviation’s pilot degree takes off in Dundee

328485-tayside-aviationTayside Aviation’s BSc (Hons) Professional Aviation Pilot Practice course has welcomed its first intake of students.

The BSc (Hons) Professional Aviation Pilot Practice, delivered through a partnership between Tayside and the Institute for Work Based Learning at Middlesex University, gives cadets the opportunity to gain academic credit and a qualification based on technical and practical flying training and early career practice.

Tayside Aviation welcomed its first intake of students on 12 January 2015, with two other intakes planned for April and October 2015.

Jim Watt, who is Managing Director at Tayside Aviation said he was very happy to see the degree launched. “This is a major step forward in flight training,” he said. “Academic recognition for all of the hard work behind becoming an airline pilot is long overdue. This, together with the financial assistance available, is exactly what would-be pilots need.

“It essentially integrates the modular route to an Airline Transport Pilot Licence and fills the gaps in-between the flying modules.

“With all the partners in this process, we had a common interest in our approach which was to reduce the cost of obtaining a licence and provide the best support to students in our care.

“I am delighted that we now have this programme airborne and the wheels are up – it’s a fantastic achievement.”

The three-year programme has been designed specifically to incorporate all of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) regulated training leading and on completion of the programme pilots will have a Degree which is relevant to current and future employment. Tayside will be having regular open days throughout 2015.