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5th Jul, 2022

Budding pilot ready to take to the skies

Sarah Mason 12th Mar, 2022

A BUDDING pilot from Solihull College and University Centre is preparing for takeoff on his journey towards a successful career in aviation.

Amaan Ukaye, and Aerospace Engineering student, has been on the hunt for flight schools to progress onto once his course finishes.

The 18-year-old, who works with Swissport as a Passenger Services Agent at Birmingham Airport, is working towards gaining his pilot’s license and received his pilot’s flying logbook.

Amaan said: “I hope to achieve my dream of becoming a pilot and travelling the world, but I also want to focus on giving back to my community and caring for those around me.

“I want to use all my energy and time on honing my skills and developing into the best version of myself.”

Last year, Amaan was offered a conditional offer of a scholarship by Emirates in the UAE and was invited to take part in assessments and medical examinations. However, due to his commitment with the College and projects at home he was dedicated to, Amaan had to turn it down with the hope such an offer will come his way again soon.

On a recent flight to Mumbai, Amaan was invited up to the flight deck by Virgin Atlantic pilots during which they had a lengthy chat about the flight plan, the way things work in the latest digitalised cockpits and their aviation career journeys.

He added: “I’m a frequent traveller and always ensures to take opportunities like these as what better way to learn and gain a wealth of knowledge from those already in the dream you see yourself to be in.”

Amaan is also a director of two student-led charities, lead volunteer at a homeless shelter and foodbank, and a student governor and student executive member at the College where he represents further education students.

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