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Young aviation enthusiasts inspired to spread their wings at USQ

Twenty-three students spent two days learning about aviation at USQ Springfield.
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A group of young aviation enthusiasts might just be on their way to earning their wings after participating in an aviation camp at USQ Springfield.

The Aviation Two Day Experience provided an insight into the career pathways and opportunities in the industry, as well as a taste of the University’s highly rated Aviation program.

For many the highlight of the camp was experiencing what it is like to fly a Boeing 737 by getting behind the controls of USQ’s world-class flight simulator.

The students also participated in a range of hands-on activities like flying drones and connected with USQ’s aviation academic staff and students.

On the second day, they heard from Tigerair Australia Chief Pilot Rick Heaton and QantasLink Chief Pilot Captain Adrian Young, who provided details of the Qantas Group Future Pilot Program which is open to USQ Aviation students.

Boonah State High School student Charlize Twaddle said the camp gave her the opportunity to explore her passion and see where it might lead.

“I have been interested in aviation for the past two years and I’m currently in air cadets because I want to learn how to fly,” she said.

“I really enjoyed the two days at USQ. I learnt a lot about university life and what courses I need to do to get into aviation.

“I was surprised by the different airline jobs and careers available in aviation. It’s a lot more than just pilots.”

Aviation is one of the world’s fastest growing industries with 800,000 new pilots expected to be needed over the next 20 years, according to Boeing’s latest forecast.

USQ is doing everything it can to meet these demands by giving students a flying start to a career in aviation.

Students in the Bachelor of Aviation program get to experience the aviation industry first-hand by flying in a world-class flight simulator during the first year of study.

They also get to learn from current and former airline, military and instructor pilots and aviation managers.

USQ’s Bachelor of Aviation offers two majors: Flight Operations and Aviation Management.

Prospective students are invited to find out more about the University’s programs by attending one of USQ’s Open Day events at Springfield (July 27), Toowoomba (August 18) or Ipswich (August 24).

For more information, visit: Open Day

Two teenage boys holding drone
Kristian von Varendorff (Clairvaux Mackillop College) and Joshua Pratt (Westside Christian College).