Sixth Former is Flying High

For a number of years, Mark Dyos, Year 12 student at the Royal Alexandra and Albert School, has dreamed of becoming a pilot. He came down with a serious case of the ‘Aviation Bug’ when he was introduced to planes by his father and uncle.

Mark’s ambition to one day become a pilot has seen him seek experience in the field. He applied to take part in the very competitive British Airways Work Experience Programme and had to undergo a rigorous selection process. Mark explained, “I applied for the Programme and had an interview and an online test and I was really pleased to be selected for the 4-day work placement. The industry is competitive so it wasn’t a surprise that the work experience selection process was the same.”

Currently, Mark is studying for his A Levels in Geography, Business Studies and IT, but on Monday afternoons he is out flying. He said, “I’m currently getting my Private Pilot License and doing two hours of flying every week. The Sixth Form team have allowed me the time to get my license alongside studying for my A Levels.”

His ambition is to become a professional pilot and one day fly an Airbus A380, one of the biggest passenger planes. For this, he is aiming to train with either CTC Aviation or CAE Oxford Aviation Academy.

A career as a pilot requires intensive training and commitment, and pilots must have excellent leadership, communication and problem-solving skills, not to mention the ability to remain calm under extreme pressure and stress. Even with a lot of boxes to tick, Mark is willing to put in the effort. “After my A Levels, I still have to complete a 2 year course to get my pilot’s license. After that, I can become a co-pilot and then a pilot with a company like Norwegian Airlines or EasyJet.”

Headmaster Mr Dixon said of Mark’s ambition, “We aim to equip all our Sixth Form students with the skills necessary to progress to the career of their choice. In our Sixth Form, in particular, we look to foster leadership skills, and there is no doubt that this is one skill pilots are required to have. Becoming a pilot is no easy feat; it is a demanding career and it can take up to 7 years to qualify with a full license. It is very pleasing to see that Mark is already working towards achieving his goal, and we look forward to seeing him reach his full potential and become a pilot in the future.”

12 October 2017

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