A CAREER as a commercial pilot is no longer as far fetched as it may once have seemed for regional students, such as those in Leeton.
To become a pilot is clearly no mean feat, that's a lot of lives to be in charge of while soaring overhead, but studying and learning to be in that hot seat is now being made easier for those in country areas.
The Sydney Flight College, based in Bankstown, is currently in the process of creating a new commercial pilot flight training school in Temora.
The first intake of students is expected later this year and numbers are likely to only increase from then on, as the college will be offering on-course accommodation, cutting down the time it takes for the training to be delivered.
Sydney Flight College chief marketing officer and flight instructor Matthew Piers is now on a mission to get young people from the Leeton area interested in aviation.
Mr Piers was in Leeton last week and will be returning again soon to speak with school students of all ages in a bid to get them interested in a career as a pilot.
"I'm just starting to build my networks now with careers advisers in this area," he said.
"In the past, students might have thought becoming a pilot was something that was out of their reach because the training was in a city area, but now we will this option virtually on their doorstep.
"It's really going to be a world-class facility where they will be fully equipped to become a commercial pilot by the end of it.
"We're looking forward to reaching out to the students and telling them all about it."
There's also a growing need for commercial pilots, with graduates in high demand.
"It's an amazing time to become a pilot ... Boeing have forecast there's going to be a need for 270,000 more pilots in the next 10 years just in the Asia-Pacific region alone," Mr Piers said.
For more information visit www.sfcaero.com.au.