Airfields and Flying Clubs
Airworthiness and safety are the cornerstone of aviation and aerospace. Understanding safety management systems and aircraft maintenance procedures are essential for maintenance-related roles but developing a safety mindset is invaluable for any aerospace or aviation role. However, accessing placements with airports, airlines and MRO providers can be tricky due to restrictions on age and airside security requirements.
Why not try a flying club? Aviation is not just a business but a hobby to thousands, and around the UK there are many aerodromes with busy flying clubs who could offer experience, giving you an insight into flight operations, maintenance, CAA regulations, airworthiness systems and so on. Whether a two-seater
microlight or 300-seat passenger jet, the focus on safety and accountability doesn’t change. Furthermore, if the aerodrome is close to an area where there is a high density of aero employees, such as a major airport or cluster of aerospace manufacturers, you may make useful connections. Many engineers, aviation professionals and even commercial pilots enjoy flying for fun in their spare time. And general aviation itself offers many great career pathways.