easyJet pilots first to graduate with BSc (Hons) in Professional Aviation Pilot Practice Degree

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This week marked the graduation of the first group of easyJet pilots on the first airline-supported BSc (Hons) Professional Aviation Pilot Practice PAPP degree.

This unique degree course, designed specifically for pilots, was launched in 2013 in a partnership between airline pilot training and simulation organisation L3 Commercial Training Solutions (L3), (formerly CTC Aviation), Middlesex University and easyJet.

The BSc (Hons) degree in Professional Aviation Pilot Practice (PAPP) is awarded by Middlesex University (London) and run through the Institute of Work-based Learning. This time-efficient degree does not require cadets to attend a university campus and enables them to gain two professional qualifications (airline transport pilot licence and degree) within three years.

The first two years of the course are completed at L3ís Airline Academy, through training on an airline pilot career programme alongside parallel, practice based university work. Study continues beyond their initial airline pilot training once they join easyJet, flying as a co-pilot while completing their third and final year of the degree, allowing them to learn while they earn. Training to become a pilot while completing the degree can also provide aspiring pilots access to student loans to help finance their studies.

The seven pilots graduates - Anna McGrady, Steven Hadley, Matthew Archer, George Baker, James Rose, Reece Montagu and Jack Shaw - are the very first in the country to graduate on the degree programme and all started their professional flying careers flying with easyJet. They are the first of over 130 students currently enrolled on the Middlesex University degree course while completing or having completed their airline pilot training at L3ís Airline Academy.

BlueSky Business Aviation News | 13th July 2017 | Issue #424

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