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Thomas and Kimberley

USQ students take off at Qantas Group Pilot Academy.
Thomas and Kiimberley standing in front of a Qantas aircraft, smiling at the camera.

Chosen from thousands of applicants, USQ Aviation students Thomas Fanshawe and Kimberley Pike have started at the Qantas Group Pilot Academy after being named in the second intake of students to join the academy. The program gives aviation students the opportunity to learn from and be mentored by experienced Qantas Group pilots during their university degree.
Mr Fanshawe, 19, said he couldn’t have secured a place in the academy without USQ.

'It’s always been my goal to be a pilot for Qantas and I believe being accepted into this academy is my best chance to realise that goal,' the former Ipswich Grammar School student said.

The 52-week course gives students access to world-class training and the chance to complete a number of qualifications, including a Commercial Pilot Licence, ready to commence a career in commercial or general aviation.

Miss Pike said she hoped being a part of the Academy would help fast-track her career and dream of becoming a pilot.

'Training at the Academy will hopefully open up a lot of doors and by the end of the 52 weeks, I hope to go straight into the cockpit of a QantasLink Dash 8.'

Students will have the opportunity to operate an A320 flight simulator at the campus in the first year of study and learn from highly experience teaching staff, including current and recent airline, Australian Defence Force and instructor pilots and managers. The site includes purpose-built training facilities, student accommodation and a hangar.