Joseph enjoys take-off in pilot career


Date: 21st Feb 2018

Buckinghamshire New University Travel and Aviation graduate Joseph McCrudden has gained his Wings as a First Officer and is looking forward to his career taking off.

Joseph, 24, graduated in BSc (Hons) Air Transport with Commercial Pilot Training in 2016, and is enjoying training, where his experience has so far included flying a Boeing 737.

Along with 21 new Captains and 13 other First Officers Joseph was presented with his Wings by his employer, Ryanair, at a ceremony at its Dublin offices.

Joseph said: “I still have a lot to experience and learn but working in the aviation industry is certainly what I expected.

“This industry has always been dynamic and unpredictable which scares some people but it's certainly exciting to be part of this airline. 

“Gaining a good insight in to the commercial air transportation industry from my course helped me appreciate an airline’s business model.

“This was delivered by passionate and experienced lecturers who made it more tangible and this experience helped me stand out in the assessment phase for my job.”

Speaking about studying at Bucks New University, he said: “What stands out more than anything from the course is the extra-curricular mentoring sessions organised by our course tutor.

“Current airline pilots from different companies often carried out visiting talks and visits, and these often included graduates from Bucks New University, which was fantastic.

Joseph is also an adult volunteer for the Royal Air Force Air Cadets as a Civilian Instructor at 184 (Manchester South) Squadron.

He added: “I help promote and encourage a practical interest in aviation among young men and women, developing their qualities of leadership and good citizenship useful in their life.

“It involves being part of an array of projects to develop different skills and qualities.”

He also expressed thanks to Bucks New University lecturers and visiting speakers Alex Blunt, John Taylor-Green and James Farwell for their support.


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