Beaudesert McAuley College student does work experience as helicopter pilot

FLIGHT SCHOOL: Beaudesert helicopter pilot James Robinson and McAuley College student Josh Brown. Photo: Supplied
FLIGHT SCHOOL: Beaudesert helicopter pilot James Robinson and McAuley College student Josh Brown. Photo: Supplied

McAULEY College student Josh Brown last month completed a rite of passage known as work experience.

The year 10 student said he told the school he would like to be a helicopter pilot, so it was arranged for him to do his work experience at Utility Helicopters aviation training facility at Archerfield.

The three-day experience was made possible by Oakland developer James Robinson, who also accompanied the 15-year-old to his first day on the job.

"The school contacted me because they know I have a helicopter and I was happy to help make it happen," Mr Robinson said.

"I am also a part time instructor so I took the day off on the Monday and spent that first day with him.

"We covered the basics like controls and the principals of flight and he had a few books shoved at him.

"When I get my new helicopter I've told him I will fly him to school one day."

Mr Brown said he enjoyed his experience and was more determined than ever to become a pilot.

"I've always been interested in helicopters and flying," he said.

"It was at a flight school so it was a little bit different to normal work experience but I got to clean helicopters and learned about refueling and pre-flight checks.

"They had someone doing theory to get his license and I got to sit in while he did that."

Mr Brown said his work experience provided information about what to focus on in his school endeavours.

"One of the main things I learned was there is a lot of physics and maths involved," he said.

"It is going to be a lot of theory and hard work but once you get there it's pretty enjoyable."