Students can fly through USQ's Bachelor of Aviation degree
STUDENTS will take to the sky quite literally next year, with the University of Southern Queensland adding a Bachelor of Aviation to their curriculum.
The new degree has already attracted lots of attention from potential applicants who want to take it on next year when the degree is launched at the university's Springfield campus.
The degree will offer two majors, including one in aviation management.
The other major will be in flight operations and includes a pathway for eligible students to start flight training through an accredited trainer early in their degree.
A number of hopeful students took to the skies as part of an introductory flight trial in Brisbane on Saturday.
Fifteen people were given the opportunity to experience the thrill of flying an aircraft with Airline Academy of Australia at Archerfield Airport.
Airline Academy is USQ's preferred provider for the new degree.
USQ head of aviation and logistics professor Paul Bates said the flight trials gave participants a rare glimpse into the world of aviation and a taste of what to expect as a student of the Bachelor of Aviation.
"These flights gave potential students a real opportunity to experience the sort of flying they will encounter in their first year of the aviation degree at USQ," Professor Bates said.
"These are the type of aircrafts they will learn to fly in and it was important they knew exactly what it will be like to study aviation at USQ."
Professor Bates said the course would give students the chance to fly aircraft right from the beginning.
"USQ is the only university where students who want to be pilots will be introduced to flying in the first year and become professional pilots as part of their bachelor degree," he said.
"It takes excellent leadership, teamwork and communications skills, as well as good problem solving ability and resilience to become a pilot, something USQ's aviation academic staff will work closely with students to develop.
"We've already had a lot of interest in the flight operations major, but we are particularly pleased in the interest in the aviation management major."
Tim Carney was among the 15 people lucky enough to fly on Saturday and took the chance to soak up every detail during his time in the pilot's seat of a Cessna 172R aircraft.
He is a third-year business student at USQ, but after his lesson he now knows he wants to pursue a career in aviation.
"Ever since I started going to Aviation State High School I have wanted to work in aviation," Mr Carney said.
"There is a tremendous amount of growth in the industry and once you get an aviation degree you can head overseas and be employed virtually anywhere in the world."