Student Stories

Air and Space Institute is where dreams take flight. The sky is just the beginning! Discover the endless possibilities at ASI get inspired through our student case studies.

Our Further Education students are embarking on exciting journeys towards their dream careers - ASI is the launching pad to unlock their limitless potential.

Krystian Skrzypczac | 2021 - 2023

Krystian has successfully landed a position as a dispatcher with Swissport at East Midlands airport (EMA) - they provide ground services and efficiently manage an air cargo warehouse at EMA. He started his journey with us on the Level 3 Pilot & Aviation Operations Pathway.

At his recent graduation ceremony, Krystian and his classmate Lexi won the Quiet Tiger Aviation Award | All students have Air Training Events (ATEs) as part of their enrichment at Nottingham Aerodrome, where they fly an aircraft!

Capt Chris Hives, Director Quiet Tiger | "Their engaging personas, enthusiastic attitude and enquiring minds made their time with the Quiet Tiger Aviation Ltd team an absolute pleasure for all."

Krystian Skrzypczac | "There is a lot of opportunities to be had and a lot of enrichment trips you wouldn't get studying an Aviation Operations course anywhere else."

At the start of his second year at ASI, Krystian aimed to secure a job within Commercial Aviation. Over summer (2022) Krystian and a few of his classmates completed work experience at EMA to help enhance their CVs and provide an insight into airport operations and roles.

Students helped around at the terminal, preparing people for check ins and to go around security, making it more efficient for customers and creating ease on their journey. They also gained experience with the assisted travel team, helping PRMs (a passenger with restricted movement).

The students were able to gain a great scope of customer service and developed key skills, including:

  • Communication

  • Confidence

  • Management

Krystian Skrzypczac and Lexie Jackson at the start of their journey with us in the classroom VS the end of their journey at their graduation receiving their Quiet Tiger Award.


Kian Deighton | 2021 - 2023

Kian embarked on an exciting journey at major airline TUI with his Cabin Crew role, following the completion of his course on the Pilot & Aviation Operations Civil Pathway.

Kian Deighton | “During my training at TUI, all the procedures and aviation-related terminology that you need to know - I had prior knowledge of from ASI - it has proven useful and put me that step ahead of people. 

“It feels exciting stepping into the adult world - moving on in life and leaving education behind [it’s] great to see the world through work. 

“Other people should join the ASI course. If you are interested in aviation - it is the place to be! It is where you’ll start your career off."

Reach for the Skies: ASI student lands job with major airline TUI

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Amy Garner | 2021 - 2023

Amy who was on the Engineering Military & Defence Pathway recently graduated at RAF Cranwell alongside her peers and has secured employment in the RAF as a weapons tech!

She also received the Students' Student award, nominated by her peers - recognising her dedication, hard work, and exceptional abilities.

As part of course enrichment Amy and her classmates enjoyed a two-week enrichment trip to Norway. Students were able put their skills into action, testing the hydraulics of an aircraft gaining invaluable hands-on experience. Not only receiving exceptional practical opportunities, students were able to experience personal growth living independently and developing budgeting skills.

Amy Garner | “It has been really memorable – we made some great, long-lasting friendships with the students in Norway.”


ASI Military Pathway Students Embark on Enriching Aviation Trip to Stavanger, Norway.

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Emily Evans | 2021 - 2023

Emily Evans on the Pilot & Aviation Operations Civil Pathway recently graduated at RAF Cranwell and has secured an exciting Search and Rescue scholarship at Bristow.

Bristow Group is a global leader in vertical flight solutions, providing helicopter transportation and search and rescue services to civil and government organisations worldwide.

At ASI we prepare students with interview guidance and CV support to enhance your applications and further your career beyond education.

Emily Evans | “Learning at ASI has given me a foundation of knowledge that I will need moving forward in my career. This course is a really good start into the aviation industry after GCSEs. I have loved meeting everyone – as cheesy as that sounds! The class have got on well, it’s nice knowing a variety of people who are all going into different sectors but had the same starting point.”

“I will be based at the training facility in Leicester for 12 months, starting in January. When I go through my flight training, I feel confident with the wide range of knowledge I have gained whilst at ASI to prepare me.”


Ascending to New Heights: Air, Defence & Space Students Graduate at RAF Cranwell

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