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Issue 489, 24 March 2003
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Flying degree takes off at Leeds


student and instructor in the cockpit

Taking off – flying instructor Geoff McPhail (right) goes over the controls with student Ian Hammond before setting off on his first flying lesson

Leeds is running one of the first undergraduate course in the UK where students can learn to fly. The BSc in aviation technology and pilot studies includes flying lessons as an integral part of the degree, so students graduate with a private pilot’s licence.

Twenty-five students are on the course this year, with over 450 applications already for the 72 places available in Sept 2003.

The programme has been set up in collaboration with Leeds Flying School at Leeds Bradford Airport. While the licence itself is awarded by the Civil Aviation Authority, the cost to students of taking the exam is subsidised with a £1,500 University scholarship.

Course director Professor Peter Dowd said: “The course was set up last year, too late for UCAS, so we sent brochures out to schools. As students would have to reject their offers elsewhere and apply through clearing for the course, we didn’t expect a lot of interest. However, we recruited nearly 30 students – 25 for the pilot studies programme and five for the management programme – and applications for next year are already very high.”

The students have access to the latest computer-based flight simulator in the school of process, environmental and materials engineering, as well as the full-scale simulator at Leeds Flying School. The sister course, aviation technology and management includes 40 credits of management options in place of the pilot students, and offers a work placement at Leeds Bradford airport.

See more details on the courses in the online prospectus


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