As soon as I got my high school diploma in my hands I was off to Lelystad Airport, the biggest general aviation airport in the Netherlands, to try my first flight sitting in the pilot’s seat. A few months later I had signed into the University of Applied Sciences in Amsterdam to follow the study: Aviation Studies.
The Basic Six and Engineering
In between learning the six pack of air planes (traditional flight instruments) and beta engineering subjects from retired pilots and professors, the usual hours on flight simulators were booked as well as the regular chit chat on business class-flight chairs in the hall ways. Everyone had a hunger for flight and the fact that our classes were given with the same passion, made going to class an enjoyment.
What pilots taught us on the side
Cognitive ability – it must come to no surprise to you that pilots must posses an above average ability to think and reason. Were it not so, well, things would be seen differently in times of chaos. This means pilots must always be at the top of the game, or they won’t land the air plane at their destination.
It is safe to say that the ability to multitask on the level required for pilots, make tactical decisions and communicate efficiently all while maintaining aircraft control is not something that is easily taught, but something our professors took as a priority in their classes.
Emotional stability – You may be wondering why I put emotional stability as a subject taught in an engineering field. Do not confuse subjects of matter with skills that are taught during Aviation and emotional stability is something that was not taken lightly.
A few emotional characteristics that were taught:
Motivation – This, in my opinion, is the crux of being a graduate in Aviation Studies. One can somewhat make up for a lack in other areas through pure motivation. If you’re motivated, you don’t need someone else telling you what needs to be done before you do it. It requires a significant amount of motivation to complete the first two years at Aviation Studies, juggling both beta engineering subjects, flight studies and combining those two to receive your diploma.
If you are a proactive individual with a high degree of motivation with a like for aviation, maybe Aviation Studies is something for you, it was definitely something for me!