Principal Liaison Officer: Liveryman Clive Rose
The Air Pilots award several bursaries each year at City University to students already enrolled on one of the three Aviation MSc courses.
In the 1990s, the Company's Education and Training Committee, and other members of the Company led by Captain John Mason, set about addressing the concerns held about the qualifications needed by professionals to improve their contribution to the management of airlines. Particularly, they identified a needs in areas such as Air Safety Management and Air Transport Management.
As a result of their initiative, the City University, in conjunction with the Company, set up within the Engineering and Mathematical Sciences Faculty, a Master of Science Degree in Air Transport Management, later followed a degree in Air Safety Management, and then in 2008, a degree in Air Maintenance Management.
The objective is to maintain an acceptable level of safety within the greater commercial competition and increase in passengers which now exists. All three programmes provide candidates with a body of knowledge and personal research which will enhance the commercial progess and safety management of air transport.
The typical student on these courses will have a number of years of experience in their particular field of aeronautical expertise. The courses have been tremendously successful both with students worldwide as well as from the UK. Graduates have moved to position of responsibilility in air safety and air transport management with aviation authorities, within the military, in national and other airlines throughout the world.
All this has been achieved by the hard work of a relatively small faculty of permenant staff based within the City University notably Professor Roger Wootton and Dr Steve Bond. The course benfits from the expert input of visiting lecturers, a fair number of which are members of the Company.
Since their inception, the courses have been endorsed and supported by the Company. Originally, the Company provided a single bursary to assist a student who had no other means of support, and in recent years, up to four bursaries have been available each year over all of the three MSc courses.
We can proudly point to a number of extremely successful professionals around the world who have received support through the Company bursaries. Peter Baske, working with Mission Aviation Fellowship, who now spends his day flying and maintaining his aircraft while carring out humanitarian relief operations. Determined to improve the quality of service delivered by civilian humanitarian relief organisations, at his own expense he undertook the course leading to the MSc in Air Safety Management. His final dissertation "Assisting Air Transport in Developing Countries" was so well received by the examiners, that they recommended that it be published.
Please see the following video link about the Company and the bursary programme:
Applications were invited for the awards in February 2020 with a view to interview in July. Following the outbreak of Covid 19, consideration was originally given to cancelling the process for the year, but further investigation revealed that the process could be suitbably carried out remotely, candidates would probably have more time than usual to prepare their entries and interviews to be held ‘virtually’ via Zoom.
Eventually, four candidates were interviewed by Zoom and three awards were made to Afsheen Faiz, Rami Sleem and. Gary McAllister.
Afsheen Faiz is an Assistant Director, Air Traffic Services for the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority. She is studying for the MSc in Air Safety Management having previously gained a BSc(Hons) in Management and Marketing at Manchester University. Of note, she gained a special commendation for her handling of an armed attack on Jinnah International Airport. Afsheen has a clear understanding of the limited resources of the Pakistan Authorities, and is determined within these constraints to prioritise safety investments and increase safety to the greatest possible extent.
Rami Sleem is a Quality Systems Engineer for MASCO – Middle East Airlines, Beirut and also an instructor in training policy and regulations. He is studying for the MSc in Air Transport Management having previously obtained a degree in Industrial Engineering at the Lebanese American University and studied Systems Engineering Management at University College London. Rami’s ambition is to become CEO of an airline and to this end he is taking modules in Airline Operational Regulatory Compliance, Safety Risk Management and Airline Strategy and Business Planning.
Gary McAllister is a Shift Leader and Engineer with Jet2 responsible for maintaining airworthiness of company aircraft. Gary is studying for the MSc in Aircraft Maintenance Management. He believes that undertaking this course has significantly altered the direction of his intended career path. Previously intent on progressing within the engineering and maintenance fields, he now sees a much wider array of possible roles and would ideally like to take a leadership role in the research and production of new aircraft using sustainable technologies leading to lower emissions and costs.