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CQUni Aviation student Jesse Pierotti shares his love of flying and ambition to become a pilot.

CQUni Aviation student Jesse Pierotti shares his love of flying and ambition to become a pilot.

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I was four years of age and I was invited by the captain of a Boeing &717 aircraft to go to the cockpit and I just stood there as a four-year-old in awe looking at all the buttons and switches and 20 years later pursuing that dream of my childhood dream of becoming a pilot. You're sitting up there at 35,000 feet with a magnificent view outside of your armchair and it's it's it's a really good feeling. My name's Steve Thatcher and I'm the foundation professor for aviation at CQUni.

I chose CQUni because of their flexibility and the fact that they were based in Cairns. I like the lifestyle up here the coastal lifestyle. My mission in life, or my passion if you like, is to promote aviation education and training. I have an immense respect for the lecturers they all bring a wealth of knowledge and it's fascinating to learn of their stories and their experiences in the pilot seat. One thing I've learnt from my flight training is that there is never a day where you're not learning something new. If you want to be an airline pilot this flight operations course is probably the best course available in Australia at the moment because it's totally focused on being an airline pilot.

Worldwide we're going to need eight hundred thousand pilots over the next 20 years so this tremendous scope for people entering the course to be able to exit with some you know very good job prospects. This course is highly geared towards becoming a commercial pilot so you should be able to walk into a pilot job at the successful completion of this degree. As you can see outside the windows we're sitting right between the domestic terminal and the international terminal at Cairns International Airport and that gives the students a great experience by becoming embedded in the industry.

We've also managed to acquire a 737 sim it's the most advanced simulator of any University in Australia. It's based on a 737ng which is the ones that you fly around in a with Virgin and Qantas in Australia. My goal is eventually to get into the big airlines that be the end goal I suppose – is flying for an Australian carrier. We are designed here to produce a student that the airlines need and want. I know that it's hard work now, but it will eventually pay off, there is nothing else that I can imagine myself doing other than being a pilot this is what I've been put on this earth to do.

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