Wednesday, 27 April 2011
Bogdan Hiticas is eighteen years old, and he lives in Cluj-Napoca, one of the largest cities in Romania. At the end of June 2010, he finished his Baccalaureate at a High School that specialized in Computer Science, and began studying at the Technical University in Cluj. Thanks to good grades, a passionate involvement in his local community, and an overwhelming desire to fly, Bogdan was awarded an Endeavour Vocational Education and Training Award by the Australian government so that he can train to become a pilot in Perth.
With their generous support, Bogdan has joined scores of other students at ETI in Perth as they begin a two-year program leading to an Associate Degree in Aviation-Aeronautics. This very popular course provides students with the skills required to enter the aviation industry as an airline pilot or a general aviation pilot, including tow-plane pilot in soaring competitions.
Soaring is one of Bogdan's passions in life. He has already earned his sailplane license in Romania, and has logged 143 flights in an IS28B2 glider. Bogdan says, "Thermal soaring is determined by climate, and being able to fly in a totally different climate would definitely offer me great personal satisfaction. Flying is all about connecting the world, and training in Australia to fly in Romania would be a good way for me to help bring our countries closer together."
"I attended the World Gliding Championships in Hungary this Summer, and I would like to become more involved in these sorts of international exchanges. I have always been passionate about helping others, and I see myself getting involved in the Romanian Airclub as a tow-plane pilot for gliders or as a flight instructor, as gliding is very important for helping to develop the Romanian aviation industry."
Most importantly though, an Associate Degree in Australia will allow Bogdan to work in Romania's growing aviation industry once he graduates. ETI has a diverse collection of aircraft, flight simulators and even a Boeing 737 for teaching aircraft systems and ground familiarization. Completing the course offers students the opportunity to obtain a Private Pilot Licence, a Commercial Pilot Licence and an Airline Transport Pilot Licence. As the program has been designed in consultation with both international and Australian aviation industries, it is easy for graduates to practice their trade in their home country.
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