A CHIPPING student is one step closer to attaining his commercial airline pilot’s licence after scoring an impressive triple distinction in his ICT BTEC national diploma.
It was unveiled on A-Level results day that Connor Beamish, who lives in Chipping, but is a student at Cardinal Newman College, Longridge, has been offered a place at Buckinghamshire New University.
The 18-year-old will now undertake the three-year commercial airline pilot training course, which includes advanced theory and practical elements. On completion, Connor will be able to apply for first officer positions within major airlines.
In addition to his results, Connor has already achieved his private pilot’s licence and has around 80 hours of experience flying lighter aircraft under his belt.
The ultimate goal, however, is to work for Emirates and make regular trips to Dubai.
He said: “I’m absolutely delighted. I dreamt of being a pilot since I was eight years old and now I’m another step closer to it becoming reality.”
Mum, Joanna, and dad, Michael, said they were both very happy with Connor’s results and proud of his achievements so far.
Of his time at Cardinal Newman, he said: “I’ve had a thoroughly enjoyable and enlightening two years at college. I’ve had some great support from my teachers and been on some fascinating trips, which have given me a great grounding for university life.”
Joan Puddy, Cardinal Newman College vice principal, said: “It has been another fantastic year for our college and I’d like to say a special ‘congratulations’ to Connor for achieving a highly admirable triple distinction.
“I’m delighted that he’s been able to attend his pilot’s course and I one day look forward to relaxing on a plane and hearing his voice over the loudspeaker.”