Heli­cen­tre trainees awarded he­li­copter de­grees

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On 12 July three he­li­copter pi­lots grad­u­ated with the UK’S only op­er­a­tor-sup­ported BSC (Hons) Pro­fes­sional Avi­a­tion Pi­lot Prac­tice (He­li­copter) De­gree, which is de­liv­ered in a part­ner­ship be­tween Heli­cen­tre Avi­a­tion Ltd and Mid­dle­sex Uni­ver­sity Lon­don. Barry Wil­mott, Rus­sell Sher­iff and An­drew Thomp­son were the first stu­dents in the UK to grad­u­ate with this unique de­gree, which is de­signed specif­i­cally for he­li­copter pi­lots.

Pro­fes­sor Tim Black­man, Vice-Chan­cel­lor at Mid­dle­sex Uni­ver­sity Lon­don said: “I’m very proud of our he­li­copter pi­lots, whose grad­u­a­tion marks a first for Mid­dle­sex Uni­ver­sity, and is the re­sult of a lot of per­sonal ef­fort and com­mit­ment to an in­dus­try which needs grad­u­ates of this cal­i­bre to meet ever in­creas­ing skills needs. This was pos­si­ble thanks to our ex­cel­lent work­ing re­la­tion­ship with Heli­cen­tre Avi­a­tion, an or­gan­i­sa­tion that, like Mid­dle­sex, is re­spond­ing to the in­creas­ing need to com­bine work with prac­tice-based learn­ing to meet skills needs now and in the fu­ture. I have no doubt these grad­u­ates will have ful­fill­ing fu­tures who­ever they choose to fly with.”

Heli­cen­tre Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Cap­tain Sarah Bowen added: “At Heli­cen­tre we are com­mit­ted to de­vel­op­ing qual­i­fied pi­lots who know that when they join us they have ac­cess to the best knowl­edge and prac­tice, and clear ca­reer op­tions… We are in­cred­i­bly proud of Barry, Rus­sell and An­drew and look for­ward to see­ing them flour­ish, de­velop and grow, whether they de­cide to pi­lot an air am­bu­lance, trans­port VIPS, or fly tourists over some of the world’s most beautiful land­marks.”

Twenty-five-year-old CPL(H) Rus­sell Sher­iff, 25, from Dus­ton, Northants, who grad­u­ated on the day his baby daugh­ter was due to be born, said: “It’s amaz­ing! With­out the de­gree I wouldn’t have been able to do the fly­ing it­self, so def­i­nitely worth it! All the hard work pays off with to­day’s grad­u­a­tion.” Flight In­struc­tor Andy Thomp­son from Don­caster con­curred. “It’s so good to grad­u­ate with a de­gree to­day af­ter three years of very hard work,” he said.

Forty-two-year-old CPL and soon-to-be Flight In­struc­tor Barry Wil­mott said: “A de­gree is some­thing I never thought I’d achieve given the age I am, but it is the de­gree that has al­lowed me to get the he­li­copter li­cence. To­day has been amaz­ing. I am look­ing for­ward to adding the Flight In­struc­tor Cer­tifi­cate to my li­cence so I can be­gin train­ing new pi­lots.”

Heli­cen­tre Avi­a­tion is cur­rently re­cruit­ing Com­mer­cial Pi­lots and Flight In­struc­tors. Ap­pli­ca­tions for the de­gree pro­gramme’s Septem­ber, Jan­uary and May in­takes can be made di­rectly to the com­pany at: fly­heli.co.uk

Heli­cen­tre's BSC grad­u­ates cel­e­brate

Heli­cen­tre BSC grad­u­ates with Capt Sarah Bowen

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