With his last few exams to sit before hitting the hour building hard, Callum talks about how winning the Sponsorship has changed his life. “Throughout my life I’ve done everything I can to bring myself into the world of aviation and in particular, to become a pilot” he says. “Every opportunity has been a stepping stone along the way and now, by winning the Sponsorship, I have taken the biggest leap forward into the career I’ve always dreamed of.”
Callum describes how the Sponsorship has lifted a huge weight off his shoulders. “It’s not just the monetary value of the award, but also knowing that I don’t have to worry about finding my first job as a pilot because as part of the Sponsorship I’ll be working full time at Helicentre Aviation as soon as I have completed my Flight Instructor course. These are just a couple of things that make this award so special.
After winning the Sponsorship, Callum completed his Guimbal Cabri G2 type rating to allow him to complete the hour building programme, which is fully funded by the Sponsorship, in the G2. “It’s a lovely aircraft to fly and is also the main company aircraft on which I will do my commercial and Flight Instructor courses on” Callum remarks. He is well into his ATPL(H) studies having passed several exams with a view to having them completed in the next couple of months, after which he will begin the next stage – hour building!
“Going through my training to become a Commercial Pilot and on to becoming Flight Instructor with Helicentre Aviation couldn’t be better, especially with the amazing opportunities that they have to offer here and the chance for great career progression within the company” adds Callum. “I am particularly excited about the chance to go out to Orlando, Florida as part of my hour building which adds another aspect to my flying experience as well as an being an superb opportunity. I am very much looking forward to my time here and find myself incredibly lucky!”