Thursday 27 November 2014

The aviation graduate whose feet are firmly on the ground

I always wanted to be a pilot, but now I am more than happy, says Andrew

Published 13/08/2014 | 12:00

Aviation graduate Andrew Power, pictured at DCU
Aviation graduate Andrew Power, pictured at DCU

WHEN Dublin City University (DCU) launched a new degree in aviation a few years ago, Andrew Power was ready and waiting.

The 23-year-old from Raheny, Dublin, says he wanted to be a pilot from the age of three and knew the unique DCU course was on its way but it hadn't started at the time he did his Leaving Certificate in 2009.

So, he spent his first year at DCU on a course in languages and intercultural studies and was among the 29 inaugural students on the BSc in Aviation Management with Pilot Studies in 2010.

The programme prepares students either for a career in the cockpit, or, alternatively, also allows for specialisation in the management side of the business.

In the event when it came to making choices in third year, the former pupil of Mount Temple Comprehensive, Dublin, opted for aviation management.

According to Andrew the cost of completing training as a professional pilot runs to about €120,000, so it is a very costly choice.

He recently completed his studies, with a first class honours degree, and is already working, in the regional airline. Stobart Air, formerly Aer Arann, based at Northwood Park, Santry, very close to DCU.

Through the DCU student placement programme, Intra, Andrew had started working with Aer Arann in third year and never broke the employment link there. So, he was well placed to land a job as a cost analyst in aircraft maintenance at Stobart a few months ago, as his studies came to an end.

"It is great to be done and dusted" said Andrew, who is delighted with his new job.

Any regrets about not pursing the pilot path? "For now I am more than happy, but it is something I can think about again".

Andrew also reckons that his background on languages and intercultural studies will be a major asset in the global world of aviation.

Irish Independent

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