Southern Cross University students Indiana Marshall and Ryley Gardener are about to start their Pilot course at Air Gold Coast. Photo: Scott Powick
Southern Cross University students Indiana Marshall and Ryley Gardener are about to start their Pilot course at Air Gold Coast. Photo: Scott Powick

Students set to take flight with sky-high new course

A NEW course at Southern Cross University is set to take flight – literally – with the introduction of an aviation degree.

The course is the result of a new partnership with Air Gold Coast, in which domestic students earn their commercial pilot’s licence through the university’s unique Bachelor of Business majoring in Aviation Management.

This is in addition to the university’s existing partnership with Airways Aviation for international students.

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Southern Cross University students Indiana Marshall and Ryley Gardener are about to start their Pilot course at Air Gold Coast. Photo: Scott Powick
Southern Cross University students Indiana Marshall and Ryley Gardener are about to start their Pilot course at Air Gold Coast. Photo: Scott Powick

SCU second-year business student Indiana Marshall said she was excited the university was now offering the aviation major to domestic students because she could now incorporate her dream of flying into her degree.

The 18-year-old Tugun local will begin flight training with Air Gold Coast in session one next year and dreams of working as a pilot.

She recently secured work with Jetstar at Gold Coast Airport in the customer service department and was pleased her degree would include material on how to “take off’’ in the business side of the aviation industry.

“My parents both work in the airline industry so this is a passion I’ve wanted to pursue for as long as I can remember,” she said.

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Students Indiana Marshall and Ryley Gardener. Photo: Scott Powick
Students Indiana Marshall and Ryley Gardener. Photo: Scott Powick

Currumbin’s Ryley Gardener, 18, completed Year 12 at Palm Beach Currumbin High School last year and will begin university at Southern Cross University Gold Coast campus.

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He said when he found out SCU was expanding its aviation offerings as part of the business degree available to domestic students, it was as though the stars aligned.

“I took a practice flight with a local company once where they show you what it’s like to be a pilot and I found it really fun,” he said.

Southern Cross University is welcoming its largest cohort in 2020, and will continue taking direct applications until this Friday at midnight. To apply visit scu.edu.au/study



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