16 airline pilots have graduated with BSc (Hons) Professional Aviation Pilot Practice degrees, as a result of a partnership between the airlines, L3 Commercial Training Solutions (L3), and Middlesex University London.
The easyJet graduates represent the second group of easyJet pilots in the UK to graduate with this unique degree and are the first students on the MPL (Multi Pilot Licence) route to achieve their licence alongside the degree.
The awards day culminated with the graduation of Kieran Grimes, a pilot who graduated through a cadet programme delivered by Virgin Atlantic, L3 and the University. Kieran represents the first Virgin Atlantic cadet to graduate on this course, and he passed his BSc (Hons) Professional Aviation Pilot Practice with First Class honours.
Robin Glover-Faure, President, L3 Commercial Training Solutions said: “We’re very proud today to congratulate the graduates who are among the second group of pilots to graduate with this degree. This is a hugely exciting opportunity for aspiring pilots as it combines the high-quality practical training from L3, academic expertise from Middlesex University, and significant career development opportunities from easyJet. I wish all of today’s graduates the best of luck in their rewarding flying career.”
EasyJet graduate, Isabel Thompson, 22, from Bermuda said: “I wanted to do a degree and I wanted to learn to fly. My peers on the course decided on flying much earlier than me, from childhood. But for me I was around 15/16 taking a flight and the captain was female. I was invited to the cockpit and she really encouraged me to follow my dream and that’s what I’ve done.”
Virgin Atlantic cadet Kieran Grimes, 23, from Sandhurst, Berks, said: “It’s not an easy road to gain a place with a training school or airline, but it is at the same time an exciting one. It’s a lot of hard work, but trust me when I say that it’s all worth it for that telephone call to say that you have been offered a position, and then to graduate with this degree… there quite literally is no feeling like it!”