Flying Time Aviation will be among companies encouraging youngsters to reach for the skies at a fun packed information day aimed at inspiring the next generation of pilots and aircraft engineers.

Shoreham (Brighton City) Airport-based Flying Time Aviation has been invited by Virgin Atlantic to attend their Future Flyers and Fixers Day, which will inform young people aged 13-25 years about potential career options within the aviation industry. The event, organised jointly by the airline’s Flight Operations and Engineering departments, takes place at Virgin’s multi-million pound training facility in Crawley on November 24.

Young people interested in a career path in aviation will be able to find out the answers to pertinent questions, from which GCSE subjects to study to become an aircraft engineer to how long it takes to qualify as a pilot.

Flying Time is one of the top training schools in the UK and is the only centre in the South East to offer the UK Civil Aviation Authority approved Flight Deck Programme, an intensive one-year course which leads to a Commercial Pilot Licence qualification – the minimum qualification that a European Airline would require from prospective pilots.

Flying Time MD Jonathan Candelon said: “We are flattered to have been invited to attend this event which aims to inspire young people to reach for the skies and look further into the exciting array of careers available within the aviation industry.”

“Flying Time Aviation will be on hand to explain how we assist dozens of prospective commercial pilots from the south east and across the globe to gain their wings every year.”

He added: “Some students will be very surprised at the diversity of career routes on offer. It’s a little known fact that you don’t need a degree to become a commercial pilot and that training can provide a cost effective alternative to undergraduate study. What is absolutely vital is that young people have the drive, energy, motivation and commitment to succeed in this demanding but highly rewarding career.”

Flying Time Aviation trains students from its base in Shoreham on its modern training fleet of Jet A-1 fuelled aircraft equipped with EFIS (Electronic Flight Instrument System), DA40Diamond Stars, DA42 Diamond Twin Stars as well as flight deck simulators. Flying Time is the largest operator of Diamond aircraft in the UK.

Future Flyers and Fixers will take place at Virgin’s purpose built facility fitted with rigs which can simulate emergency procedures from an evacuation down a Boeing 747 slide to a smoke-filled cabin. Air Cadets, Gliding clubs and The Royal Navy will be among the industry partners attending. Virgin Atlantic pilots and engineers will also be on hand to share their experiences and young people can attend informative presentations from a variety of speakers.

The free event takes place at The Base, Fleming Way, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 9LX. Participants should register their interest in the event at futureflyers.andfixers@flyvirgin.com.