The only thing better than building a plane may be flying one. That’s what these 14 SP students did while earning their Private Pilot’s Licenses at the Singapore Youth Flying Club in 2013.
These 14 students, who are mainly from the Diplomas in Aeronautical Engineering (DARE), Aerospace Electronics (DASE) and Electrical and Electronic Engineering (DEEE), were presented with their PPLs by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore. These licenses entitle them to pilot a Singapore-registered aircraft for non-commercial use.
A new batch of hotshot pilots is cleared for taking off to the skies! Photo courtesy of Benjamin Sng.
In order to attain their prestigious pilot wings, they joined the SYFC as their CCA and went on more than 30 training flights over a period of about one year. They also took written examinations and studied aircraft theory. Though the process was certainly time-consuming and difficult, it was definitely worth it for all of them to feel their licenses in their hands!
Normally, such training would be incredibly expensive. Luckily for them though, the programme is highly subsidised for poly students; it is almost fully funded by the Ministry of Defence which hopes to identify suitable candidates to become air force pilots. Take note though, for those of you choosing aerospace-related diplomas: having knowledge gained from DARE or DASE doesn’t automatically guarantee that you will succeed in being a pilot. It will however, give you a better understanding of how planes work, and that will be an added advantage if you wish to be a pilot in future!
Besides the fact that SP received a majority of the licenses awarded (14 out of 38), two of our students also received awards given to the best trainees in the cohort! Final-year DEEE student Lee Hong Hui was honoured with the SYFC Best in Flying Award and the MAJ Best in Flying Award, while final-year student Muhd Azkhairy Bin Mohd Ramezan from DARE won the MAJ Best in Ground School Award. And to top it all off, Hong Hui was one of two incredibly lucky ones who were selected to go on familiarization flights on an F-16 fighter plane! Without a doubt, these boys will soar higher when they graduate from SP!
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