Amy George is on track to become one of the world’s youngest female commercial helicopter pilots. Amy obtained her PPL(H) in October 2015 at just 18 years old. A desire to fly helicopters commercially started when she was a toddler has remained as strong as ever despite various obstacles. She will be at Helitech International delivering her talk ‘So you want to be a helicopter pilot?’ each day in the Skills Theatre.
How long have you been involved with ASP and how did you get involved in the first place?
I met Simon, the CEO and founder of ASP, at the beginning of 2014 when he announced that the helicopter flying course was to be recognised as a BSc Hons degree. Being young, and halfway through my A levels, I was very interested! I kept in touch with ASP, and I think they were quite impressed with my enthusiasm, especially at the age of 17. Soon after initially meeting them they invited me to work with them and see how they could help me progress and become a pilot. Then after that they asked me to be an ambassador for the company, which of course, I was honoured to accept.
What was your favourite moment of Helitech International 2015?
There are too many to pick out just one! I really enjoyed meeting new companies, new people, and getting to speak to a large range of people which lead to quite a few opportunities for the future. Of course, being asked by ASP to deliver a speech about my story of becoming a pilot was incredible. I had never spoken in front of that many people before! Oh, and of course seeing the new H160 was fantastic.
What are you most excited to see and do at Helitech International 2016?
The whole lot! I am looking forward to the static display of course – if this is half as impressive as last year’s show in ExCeL London I will be very pleased. I am also looking forward to meeting more new people and companies, seeing which new companies are making their way into the rotary industry and how this can benefit young people like myself. I am most looking forward to working with a brilliant team for ASP.
What can the rotorcraft industry do to make itself more appealing to and easier to access for young people?
More advertisement and easier routes. There are some young people who do not know where to start when looking for routes to becoming a pilot. I know the rotary industry is growing, but I feel like the audience is limited. I know for certain that, if young people were given the opportunity to get involved with the rotorcraft industry, and were exposed to the available routes such as the degree course that ASP offer, a lot more young people will be very interested.
What will you be covering in your ‘so you want to become a helicopter pilot?’ seminar?
I will be talking about how I originally got into aviation, the obstacles and struggles I have had to overcome so far and still have to overcome, the falls I have had, along with the many opportunities that I have experienced. I will be talking about how I got to where I am today and what the future potentially holds. I would love to be able to get through to young potential rotary wing pilots and inspire them to chase their dreams, regardless of how difficult it may seem.
What’s your number one piece of advice to someone who wants to be a helicopter pilot?
Don’t give up. I have only been in the industry for a couple of years, and I have already encountered lots of obstacles. The amount of obstacles in your way should not and will not stop you from achieving your dreams – all the hard work will pay off. Keep working hard and never give up – with hard work, your dream (like mine) will start to crystallize and become reality.