Northwood student Gurman Hansra had the choice of a lifetime when he was offered a place at Cambridge University and the opportunity to become a pilot.
Gurman’s enviable position saw him pursue his dream of flying the skies and will soon be flying private jets over Arizona after he completes his studies at UTC Heathrow this summer.
He said: “I feel so overwhelmed to have received an offer from Cambridge University as well my chosen direct aviation route. I have decided to go with the pilot route, as that’s something I’ve been considering for a long time.”
Gurman, who joined UTC Heathrow in Year 10, has just completed his maths, further maths and physics A-level exams.
“Flight school starts in December and is for 18 months. I will start on the ground and build up to my exams. I will then fly out to Arizona for six months to fly planes every day to build up my hours in the air,” said Gurman.
He continued: “Flight school is in Oxford which is self-funded and guarantees me a job at the end of it with a private chartered firm. It is similar to a general integrated Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) but with a job secured flying private jets.
“I have always wanted to work in an airport. My childhood memories of travelling were amazing. As I got older, I joined the RAF and the cadets and started to get experience flying. I soon realised that I wanted a career in aviation.”
Gurman was so passionate about following his dream, he even applied to join UTC Heathrow without telling his parents.
He explained: “I applied to join UTC Heathrow in Year 10 without telling my parents, or anyone else. All my friends were staying at my previous school but I knew I wanted to go into aviation, and my school didn’t specialise in this. I saw that the UTC offered Level 2 courses, which would give me an advantage beyond just having GCSEs, and they had strong links to aviation.”
UTC have wished Gurman the best of luck said he has a “bright future ahead of him.”