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Sidcup student’s engineering dreams take off ahead of Biggin Hill Festival of Flight

PUBLISHED: 12:54 15 August 2017 | UPDATED: 12:54 15 August 2017

Trainee aircraft engineer Tom Svensen with Falcon Flying Group managing director Shonu Bamrah

Trainee aircraft engineer Tom Svensen with Falcon Flying Group managing director Shonu Bamrah

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The 19-year-old has already been described as a “brilliant asset” to his new team

A budding plane engineer whose career has taken off is encouraging other students to “follow their career dreams” ahead of this weekend’s Biggin Hill Festival of Flight.

Tom Svensen was studying electrical engineering when he decided to take a ride on his new motorbike to the airport in March this year.

When the 19-year-old pulled up at the historic airport to take some pictures, he was spotted by the managing director of AirLingua, Yola Foister, who invited him in for a tour.

The tenacious teenager seized his chance and began to ask how to get his foot into the industry and was soon taken on at Falcon Flying Services for work experience.

Formerly a student at London South East College’s (LSEC) Bromley campus, the keen engineer found himself in a full time position as a trainee aircraft engineer.

“This really is a dream come true for me,” said Mr Svensen, “I have always been fascinated by aviation as it the most interested and diverse mode of transport.

“My ambition is to one day work for one of the big airlines as an aircraft engineer. I am so grateful to everyone who has supported me at Falcon and of course, the lovely pilot who spotted me outside the airport that day.

“I would urge people to follow their career dreams as anything is possible if you are determined. I am really excited about my future in aviation and this weekend’s air show is a great place for people to find out more about the industry.”

Now his former college and current employer have teamed up for this weekend’s Festival of Flight to offer visitors the chance to win a flying lesson.

The lucky winner will receive a one-hour flying lesson in a Cessna 152 at EFG Flying School, the oldest flying school at London Biggin Hill Airport.

Shonu Bamrah, managing director of Falcon Flying Group said: “We are always on the look out for enthusiastic talent and Tom’s interest and passion for the industry really shone through. He is a brilliant asset to our team here and is set for a very successful career in the aviation industry.

“I would advise any budding aviation engineers to come along to Biggin Hill this weekend and hear more about the career opportunities on offer in this exciting sector.”

In September, LSEC will be launching its level two aerospace and aviation engineering course, as it prepares to establish and aerospace college at Biggin Hill in the coming years.

It is hoped the college will address the “chronic shortage of aerospace engineers” in the industry.

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