Since our last update, James has been working extraordinarily hard to achieve his Flight Instructor rating and passed with flying colours when it came to his assessment of competence.
James has spent the last couple of months under the supervision of our FIC Instructor, Captain Simon Wiles, learning all he needs to know to join Helicentre Aviation’s team of highly qualified Flight Instructors. His training revolved around learning how to teach students on the Private Pilots Licence course. This included learning the different teaching processes and methods to be able to deliver pre-flight and post flight briefings, theoretical knowledge instruction as well as being able to critique and evaluate students.
Since being awarded the 2014 CPL(H) scholarship, James went on to gain his CPL(H) in 2016 and join our team of Commercial Pilots. Since then, James spent around a year piloting our experience and charter flights, which we run for the public. Whilst working as a Commercial Pilot, James said: “Flying commercially has been amazing as it has allowed me to indulge in my passion for flying, whilst being paid for the privilege. The hours I have built up so far have helped me an enormous amount to prepare for my Flight Instructor course.”
This year James returned to take his FI course and begin a new chapter in his flying career. After passing his Assessment of Competence, Jame said: “ The last couple of months have been intense due to the amount of work involved in the Flight Instructor training process but it was definitely worth it, I couldn’t be happier. I would like to say thank you to Helicentre Aviation once again for awarding me the CPL(H) scholarship back in 2014, which allowed me to continue through my training at a rate I could have never imagined. I am excited to start on this new chapter in my flying career and cannot wait to begin teaching the new PPL(H) students.”
James will now continue working as both a flight instructor and commercial pilot for our charter and pleasure flying operations building invaluable experience along the way.
If you would like to learn more about how you could be our next success story, fill out our online enquiry form or call us on 0116 259 0186 today. You can also find out more information about previous scholarship winners as well as visit our FAQs by going to the relevant tabs at the top of the page.