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Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies

Programme Code: HD103 2587 3232 / 3762 0910 2571 8480 hdavis@hkuspace.hku.hk

Application Code 報名編號 : CC 66 - 203

The Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) is a vital component of Hong Kong’s economy, serving both tourism and commerce. Its strategic position in Asia has made it an important regional trans-shipment centre, passenger hub and especially a gateway to other Chinese cities. The aviation industry of Hong Kong is facing the challenge of quality manpower supply in meeting the business expansion in the coming years.

 

Programme Aims & Features

The programme will facilitate the entry of students into the aviation industry by providing a concrete foundation of aviation operation and management knowledge and skills. Major topics include airline business development and management, airport operations, risk and safety management, air cargo, ground services, flight dispatch and various types of knowledge will commonly be applied in the day-to-day aviation operations.

The programme aims to nurture the Next Generation Aviation Talent through encouraging students to participate in various Aviation Study Tours during their study to widen their international exposure, develop a better understanding of the industry network and experience different cultures. Our students have participated in various major aviation industry events in these years including the Singapore Airshows, the Zhuhai Airshow, the APATS Aviation Education and Training Symposium at Incheon and the Junior Airport Management Course at the Incheon Airport Aviation Academy.

The programme has received strong local and international industry supports including the Hong Kong International Aviation Academy, Jardine Aviation Services and the Incheon International Airport Corporation. These organizations have agreed to provide internship opportunities; ICAO recognized training courses, and field trips at the Hong Kong International Airport and the Incheon International Airport restricted areas, which are to broaden students’ horizons to an international level.

 

Opportunities for Further Studies

2016 Overall Progression Rate: 66%

Some of our graduates/students are admitted to UGC-funded degree programmes every year. The list below shows the programmes that our graduates/students of the past three years articulated to*:

The University of Hong Kong
BA
BEng
BEng Logistics Engineering and Supply Chain Management
  
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
BEng
BEng Systems Engineering & Engineering Management
BSSc
  
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
BEng
BEng Industrial Engineering & Engineering Management
  
City University of Hong Kong
BA Culture & Heritage Management
BA English Studies
BEng Systems Engineering & Management
BEng Energy Science & Engineering
BSocSc Environmental Policy
    
Hong Kong Polytechnic University
BBA (Hons) Global Supply Chain Management
BBA (Hons) International Shipping & Transport Logistics
BEng (Hons) Aviation Engineering
BEng (Hons) Building Services Engineering
BEng (Hons) Transportation Systems Engineering
Broad Discipline of Computing
Broad Discipline of Language, Culture & Communication
BSc (Hons) Engineering Physics / Articulation Programme with a specialism in Optoelectronics
BSc (Hons) Environmental & Occupational Safety & Health
BSc (Hons) Hotel Management
BSc (Hons) Logistics Engineering & Management
   
Hong Kong Baptist University
BA (Hons) Religious Studies
   
The Education University of Hong Kong
BA (Hons) Creative Arts and Culture - Visual Arts
BEd (Hons) Visual Arts
  
Lingnan University
BSocSc (Hons)
   

The programme has successfully received recognition from various universities in Australia and United Kingdom including:

  • Graduates of our programme will be granted 120 credit points out of the 240 credit points required for the Bachelor of Aviation Management programme offered by Griffith University.
  • Graduates will be granted 24 credit points out of the 144 credit points required for the Bachelor of Aviation (Management) offered by University of New South Wales.
  • Graduates will be granted direct admission to the final year of the BSc (Hons) Aviation Management of Coventry University.

Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to various top-up degree programmes offered by the HKU SPACE International College.

Bachelor of Aviation Management jointly offered with the Swinburne University of Technology, Australia (subject to final approval). Graduates will be granted 200 credits point out of 300 credit points.

 

Career Prospects

Many of our graduates are now working for positions such as Aviation Business Analysts, Cadet Pilots, Flight Attendants, Flight Dispatch Officers, Flight Operations Officers, Air Cargo Service Officers, Ground Services and Customer Services Officers at various local and overseas aviation organizations.

 

Job Placement and Industry Award

This programme has a strong industry connection and supports Partnerships includes the Jardine Airport Services Ltd. (JASL) to offer the professional flight dispatch module, and the Heliservices (HK) Ltd. to provide awards for outstanding risk management project works. In addition, students may have internship opportunities at various aviation organizations including but not limited to Cathay Pacific Airways, Cathay Pacific Services Ltd., Hong Kong Airlines, Hong Kong Aviation Ground Services Ltd., Heliservices (Hong Kong) Ltd., Jardine Airport Services Ltd., SATS Ltd., Worldwide Flight Services and Metrojet Ltd. Students would gain practical work experience and develop useful skills required in the workplace.

               

# This module is jointly offered with the Jardine Airport Services Limited (JASL)

*The above list is not exhaustive and only shows some of the examples.

GENERIC SKILLS
  • Introduction to Academic English
  • English for Academic Purposes I & II
  • Information Technology and Applications
  • Statistics for Business
  • English for Science and Technology
  • Practical Chinese
SPECIALISM

Year 1  

  • Airport and Airline Operations
  • Introduction to Aviation Industry 
  • Safety Awareness in Aviation 
  • Air Cargo Services
  • Airline Business Development and Management 
  • Risk Management and Quality Improvement
  • Basic Aeronautical Knowledge 

 

Year 2 

  • Environmental Factors in Aviation
  • Human Factors and Performance
  • Aircraft Weight Balance and Dispatch #
  • Air Traffic Management 
  • Project / Aviation Credit-bearing Placement

# This module is jointly offered with the Jardine Airport Services Limited (JASL)

 

Students' Activities

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Singapore Aviation Study Tour 2016 - in front of the Wide Bodied passenger jet A380

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A Group of freshmen from Higher Diploma Aviation Studies with teachers, guest and alumni at the end of Creative Corner Presentation Day which marks the conclusion of their training

3
Revolutionary Cabin Experience from the eyes of next generation at the Creative Corner Presentation Day

4
Enjoyable moments – Bravo Idea

5
Final Year Students presenting their research about Cabin Waste in Aviation Industry to industrial guest judge

6
Visiting the Cathay Pacific Services Limited Terminal Control Centre

7
Delegates of the International Federation of Airworthiness bi-Annual Forum

8
Awardee Presenting Souvenirs to the Heliservices (HK) Ltd to appreciate their establishment of the Heliservices Outstanding Risk Management Project Award to the Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies Programme

9
Heliservices Outstanding Risk Management Project Awardee experienced helicopter ride

10
Completion of Phrase 1 Internship training at the Hong Kong Aviation Ground Services Limited (HAGSL)

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Korea Aviation Study Tour 2015 - at the APATS Aviation Education and Training Symposium

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Students graduated from the Junior Airport Aviation Management Course 2016 at the Incheon Airport Aviation Academy

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Korea Aviation Study Tour 2015 – learning the future development of the Korea Aviation Industry

14
Korea Aviation Study Tour 2015 – Incheon airport planning from Green, Eco to Smart

15
China Aviation Study Trip 2015 – Practical Cabin Crew Training Experience

16
Singapore Aviation Study Trip 2016 – Practical Cabin Crew Training Experience

17
China Aviation Study Trip 2015 – Visit to the China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co Ltd

Cheung Tsz Chun, Anson
Cheung Tsz Chun, Anson
  • 2016 - 2017 Customer Service Assistant, Airport Authority
  • 2016 Undergraduate, Bachelor of Arts, The University of Hong Kong
  • 2015-2016 Graduate, Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies, HKU Space
  • 2016 Singapore Aviation (Airshow) Study Trip
  • 2015 Baggage Handler, Hong Kong Airport Services Limited

As an enthusiast aiming to enter aviation industry, I am so glad to have studied Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies programme at HKU SPACE CC, at which I have acquired a variety of practical knowledge and experience. Thankfully, I am currently studying the Bachelor of Arts at The University of Hong Kong, and holding the post of Customer Service Assistant at the Airport Authority Hong Kong.

This programme, I believe, was an essential pathway to both academic achievements and successful career. Not only did the courses offer an array of aviation knowledge and theories, but also great opportunities to have hands-on experience that enhance my analytical competence. The one impressing me most was definitely the project on risk management for Heliservices (HK) Limited. Through the process as a leader in a group, I was inspired to utilise a variety of systematic approaches for accurate and comprehensive analysis of safety hazards identified, as well as their potential cumulative consequences. Examples were cost-benefit analysis and CLEAR Model of decision making, to name but a few. My group’s outstanding analysis, thankfully, was appreciated by aviation professionals and lecturers, hence we received Heliservices Outstanding Safety Risk Management Project Award, and won a free helicopter ride. So effective were the analytical methods that I got used to thinking in multi-dimensional, critical and logical way. Since these are the indispensable factors of academic achievements and successful career, this programme is no doubt beneficial for anyone who pursues further studies or position as a professional operating personnel in aviation industry.

Cheng Sum Yi, Casey
Cheng Sum Yi, Casey
  • 2016 Undergraduate, Logistics Engineering with Supply Chain Management (Year 3), The University of Hong Kong
  • 2016 Singapore Aviation (Airshow) Study Trip
  • 2016 Graduate, Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies

Failure in public examination did not put me off two years ago, yet I grasped the chance to study Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies programme in HKU SPACE CC. I have long been fascinated and intrigued by aviation industry. This programme consolidated my knowledge in aviation which aided me to pursue my studies in The University of Hong Kong afterwards.

Throughout the 2-year study, this programme provided me with aeronautical knowledge, not only theoretically, but also practically. It was fortunate for me to take part in Singapore Aviation Study Trip in 2016. It was really a tremendous opportunity, truly invaluable to step away from classrooms, and more importantly, to attend a biennial aerospace event - Singapore Airshow. I was astonished by the aerobatics flying display and I was really grateful to have a chance to view the impressive array of advanced avionics in cockpits, for which I probably could not learn from books or lectures.

I believe there is still a long way for me to go. Thanks to Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies programme, it paves the way for the pursuit of my studies and future career. I am now striving hard to seize the opportunity so as to devote myself in aviation industry in the near future.

Yung Yu Hang, Leo
Yung Yu Hang, Leo
  • 2016 Flight Attendant, HK Express
  • 2016 Graduate, Bachelor of Aviation Management, Griffith University
  • 2014 Graduate, Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies
  • 2014 Delegate, Singapore Aviation (Airshow) Study Trip
  • 2014 Delegate, Aviation China Study Trip (Sichuan)
  • 2013 Delegate, Aviation China Study Trip (Tianjing-Beijing)

Hi, I am Leo, a graduate from 2014 of Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies (HDAS). After graduation, I took the Bachelor degree of Aviation Management in Griffith University and had a wonderful experience of studied aboard in Brisbane Australia.

HDAS provided many opportunities for site visits which gives students to learn on the field rather than only focus on the theories. During 2 years studies in HDAS, I had visited different aviation organizations in Hong Kong such as Heliservices and HAECO. Also, I had joined three different Study trip and had treasurable memories and knowledge gain from the trip. Visited the Airbus A320 production line at Tianjing, visited varies organizations related to aviation education including Universities and factories in Beijing and Sichuan, also visited Singapore Airshow helps me to know more about the development of modern aviation. I am glad to have chances to attend all three available study trips during my study. I had learn much not only the knowledge but also social skills which is very important in aviation because aviation is also about the connection to the world.

These two years in HKU SPACE CC really helps me to build up confident and decided to go for study aboard. Thanks for the partnership between HDAS program team and Griffith University that I had benefits from credit exemption which let me finish the degree programme within two years. I had joined University’s flying club and soaring society to have some hands-on flying experience. It was amazing but felt nervous when I had a first flight on a pilot seat having my own controls on takeoff. Luckily I had my instructor with me and had some flight simulation experience on the lab before during the time studying HDAS that made me remain calm for the rest of the flight.

I am now working at HK Express as a flight attendant. HK Express is a LCC and had many differences compared to legacy airlines. What are those differences? I was heard and learn from the HDAS for the first time of what LCC is. Aviation is still developing and will keep glowing in the future. Let join us and share the passion of the sky!

Fung Wing Hin, Oscar
Fung Wing Hin, Oscar
  • 2017 Undergraduate, BEng in Logistics Management and Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • 2017 Graduate, Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies – HKU SPACE Community College
  • 2016-2017 Customer Service Specialist (One year internship), Cathay Pacific
  • 2016-2017 Class representative, Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies – HKU SPACE Community College
  • 2016 Participant, Heliservices Outstanding Risk Management Project
  • 2016 Delegate, Korea Incheon Airport Aviation Academy Study Trip

I can swim in the water, I can walk on the ground and why can't I fly in the sky ? Being a pilot has always been my dream since I was a kid like 6,7 years old, but a dream means nothing if you never set it as a goal and give a try, so I decided to try my luck here. Nothing valuable comes easy, people laughed at me because I gave up the normal path and made the decision to chase my dream two years ago, thought I have not completed my reason and become a pilot, at least I can tell everyone that making the decision to study here is undoubtedly a correct choice as it has provided me knowledge to do what I want to do, provided me the experience that allow me to be a competitive person in this society and industry, and most importantly happiness, as I have met friends here and lecturers who are always willing to help me out when I face any challenge.

Throughout the two year study here, I have learnt things like Risk Management, Basic Aeronautical Knowledge, Airline and airport operation and stuffs like that, every single aspect of the airport operation has been covered in the program which has enhanced my knowledge towards the whole industry and most importantly, to get myself be well-prepared to join the industry. Besides, I had been working in Cathay Pacific as an intern for 1 year, as the position of Customer Service Specialist at the Global Contact Centre department, being able to work in such a giant company with great reputation at the age of 18,19 is nearly impossible, but this program has granted the chance to. All in all, it is a great opportunity to work there and the one year experience was great, I have learnt so many things from that, which allows me to be a more all-rounded student and not just learning from books and notes, but also from real-life experience.

Also, I had been to Korea and joined the Incheon Airport Aviation Academy study trip in 2016, as you know, the Inchecon Airport is one of the best and most impressive airport in the world, having a better reputation than hundreds and thousands of airports in the globe including the Hong Kong International Airport. Aviation is an industry that is an international one, so to improve ourselves, we must take other places as reference, learn from their good and get rid of the bad. Although I have only joined one study trip, I have to say that you are going to learn more than just sitting at the library and read the books. As what Thomas Fuller said, He that travels far knows much, go travel the world, observe the others’ culture and you will find that you are just a small piece in the universe, and there are trillions of things you still have to learn.

Dream High, Fly High ! 
Be a part of us, instead of be apart from us !
Come join our family ! 
 

Scarlet Lee
Scarlet Lee
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Energy Science and Engineering, City University of Hong Kong (Year 2)
  • 2016 Graduate of Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies
  • 2016 Singapore Study Trip
  • 2015 Korea Study Trip
  • Heliservices (HK) Ltd: Casual Technical Support Clerk in Department of Engineering

The most effective way to do it is to just do it. And, I made a good choice in 2014, the year I started my study in this programme. I will never forget the brilliant time I had and the experience I gained in this course created by our programme team, teachers and the aviation specialists. If you have a little interest and are curious about aviation, choosing this course would be a good start to you to know this field. Aviation Studies is a big family. We have many great and experienced teachers from the aviation industry. Meanwhile, the warm and caring programme team provides valuable opportunities for to bridge students’ knowledge of some practical skills, which is a must in any workplace. Outbound activities, internships, workshops, to name but a few, are the activities which widened my horizon, and developed connections to the industry. In 2015, I received an opportunity to work as a technical support member in a helicopter company. I felt excited and careful about this job. In 8 weeks as an intern, I was fortunately allowed to learn and gain experience from different departments, such as engineering, operations and quality assurance. The working time was enjoyable because the knowledge from lectures and books could be applied in an authentic environment. Hence, it made my study more meaningful and gave me momentum to study harder in order to get prepared for my career in my favorite area. Now, I am still working there part-time to consolidate my knowledge in aviation and maintain my connection to the aviation sector. Overseas trips are also precious chances for me to build up my world view. Visiting and being a participant in the international conferences, airshows and aviation companies were helpful in knowing the latest technologies and news in aviation. Beside the aviation knowledge, I will also know the cultural differences in various countries in terms of the regulations, attitudes and so on. The programme team brought me to see the world, which is an essential element for deciding my career and the future. It won’t be easy but it will be worth it. Success does not come to you; you have to go to it and make it come true. Let you dreams take flight here and now.

Ho Man Yui, Ryan
Ho Man Yui, Ryan
  • 2017 Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies (Year 2)
  • 2016 Customer Service Specialist, Cathay Pacific

If you never try, you will never know. Aviation is a fantastic industry. There are lots of opportunities, and if you take every chance, you will enrich your knowledge and widen your horizon. After studying the Aviation Studies programme at HKU SPACE Community College, I could learn different aspects of the industry, for example airport operations, aviation business, aircraft weight, and balance and dispatch, to name but a few. Those subjects provide a great chance for me to know more about this industry and get solid experience. Apart from knowledge, internship is a rare opportunity for students, and the College has provided several internships with different airlines. I still remember when the internship at Cathay Pacific was offered, I was hesitating for a while, because I was afraid that I was not competent for this job. However, my friends encouraged me to join this internship, and it was a good chance for me to affirm my capability. Although I worked for one year only, I felt care and warmth in this programme. Everyone, especially the staff and mentors, took care of us all the time. During the internship, I not only learned about knowledge, but also building relationships with different people and interacting with others. I hope everyone who loves aviation or aircraft can join this programme. It should be a wonderful experience for you. Exploring and developing yourself: remember that, if you never try to do it, you will never know whether you’ll succeed or not.

Tam Chuen Fung, Panda
Tam Chuen Fung, Panda
  • 2016 Flight Dispatch Officer, Cathay Pacific
  • 2015 Flight Dispatch Officer, Hong Kong Airport Services Limited
  • 2015 Graduate, Bachelor of Aviation Management – Griffith University
  • 2013 Graduate, Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies – HKU SPACE Community College

Choosing to study in the HDAS programme was one of the most correct decisions I have ever made. After graduation from high school, facing the pressure to get into University, the Higher Diploma became one of the choices available to me. At that moment, “Aviation” was not a common subject for study, but with the potential to help develop Hong Kong International Airport, HDAS became the very first choice on my list. The things that I have studied have been really interesting. Much of the knowledge I had not heard of before and this fired up my passion to keep studying it, and to love doing so. The lecturers and students also became my motivation to study overseas. Now, I am working as a flight operations officer in the dispatch team and I love my job. Knowledge and experience are the most important factors affecting your future in the aviation industry. I hope you won’t make the wrong choice.

Nesley Ngan
Nesley Ngan
  • 2017 Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies (Year 2)
  • 2016 Customer Service Specialist, Cathay Pacific

Aviation is a field full of challenges, where unexpected situations are happening every second all around the world. At the same time, it has a limitless future in terms of development, knowledge and people. Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies programme in HKU SPACE CC provides me a lot of valuable opportunities and great memories. I am one of the lucky participants to join the Singapore Airshow 2016. Before the trip, I could never imagine how stunning it would be when a fighter jet flies across the harbour just few thousand feet away from me. Study trips arranged by the programme are definitely amazing and have broadened my aviation knowledge outside the books. Therefore, with the previous experience in the Singapore Airshow, I realized that as an aviation lover I should not miss these unique chances; therefore, I am going to join the Shanghai tour and the Incheon Management Course in the period of my Year 2 study. The programme also strengthens my connection with the aviation industry. In the year of 2016-2017, I completed a 1-year placement in the well-known Hong Kong airline, Cathay Pacific Airways, in a position as Customer Service Specialist. This placement opportunity was offered by the programme. From the interview at Cathay City to my last day of work there, I had to deal with different challenges and problems that came with passengers or were asked by travellers. At that time, supervisors and colleagues in CX were kind to give me a hand to solve all the problems. I built up a good relationship with the staff working in CX. Fortunately, the administrator of the department welcomes all the interns to take their positions full-time after graduation since most of us were awarded compliments from customers and had a good performance record during the placement. Also, Cathay Pacific organized several field trips and visits during my internship, for example a tour of Cathay Pacific Catering Services (HK) Ltd and a visit to the CX First Class Lounge in HKIA. Apart from study trips and internships, lecturers in aviation courses have abundant knowledge and are equipped with solid working experience in the aviation industry. They have a passion for teaching and are willing to share their expertise with students. It was a pleasure to hear their advice when I faced difficulties about study or future career because they could always give me comprehensive guidance. I was even invited to visit the Cathay Pacific Pilot Training Centre and walk into the flight simulator cockpit with my lecturer. What an amazing and unforgettable experience in my life! In addition, I was the leader of the organizing committee for the Aviation Studies Orientation Camp of 2016. Due to a lot of unexpected reasons, my team only got 3 months for the Ocamp preparation, which included campsite/shuttle bus booking, helpers arrangement, city hunt routing, and event scheduling. Recognizing this tight schedule, the programme team gave us great support. In the Ocamp, my team and I were able to show our personalities and abilities like leadership, time management, organizing, and even dancing! Do not hesitate to chase your dream, remembering every small achievement will lead you toward success. Dream Big and Fly High!

Sin Lok Man, Cedric
Sin Lok Man, Cedric
  • 2017 Air Traffic Flight Services Officer III – Civil Aviation Department
  • 2016 Graduate, Advanced Aviation Education Programme
  • 2015 Graduate, Bachelor of Aviation Management – Griffith University
  • 2013 Graduate, Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies – HKU SPACE Community College

The Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies (HDAS) programme offers comprehensive classroom training closely related to the aviation industry. Through internship programmes offered by HDAS, you can get hands-on experience which is important for aviation professionals. Site visits also provide a good insight of the working environment of different aviation firms. After the 2-year programme, students sharing a strong interest in the aviation field could work their way through and understand how the aviation industry functions. The programme prepared me by building a good foundation of knowledge for further development and it also inspired me to never stop learning as new things emerge every day in the aviation industry. Taking what I have learnt from the Higher Diploma Programme, I continued my study under the Bachelor of Aviation Management Programme in Australia. The bachelor programme consolidated what I have learned from HKU SPACE CC and took it to another level. Upon graduation, I stayed behind to undertake powered aircraft and glider training. I love flight training and it is something one could never forget; every turn, every stall, every spin and every loop was a delight for me. I would love to thank my instructors from Darling Downs Soaring Club and Airline Academy Australia for giving me such an incredible experience. Returning from Australia, I worked part-time in various companies and looked for development opportunities in the aviation field. It was not easy finding the right job so I studied under the Advanced Aviation Education Programme (AAEP) in 2016 to refresh my skills learnt from flight training. In 2017, I started to work under the Civil Aviation Department (Hong Kong) as Air Traffic Flight Services Officer (ATFSO) III. Working in the aviation field is one of the most rewarding experiences, you can always find something new no matter how long you have worked in this industry; this is what makes the aviation industry fascinating. There is so much to learn and the knowledge is out there for your grasp. I could go this far in such a short time only because I choose the right discipline of study at the right place. If you have the enthusiasm and determination to go down this path, the HDAS programme will bring you the knowledge and experience you need to kick-start your aviation career.

Ho Ka Yung, Isabelle
Ho Ka Yung, Isabelle
  • 2016 Undergraduate in BBA (Hons) International Shipping and Transport Logistics, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • 2016 Delegate, Singapore Aviation (Airshow) Study Trip
  • 2016 Champion, Heliservices Outstanding Risk Management Project
  • 2015-2016 Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies (Year 1)

Do you have a dream of becoming a pilot or flight attendant, or a manager of an airline company? Reach out and touch your dream! Unleash your potential by taking part in the fun-filled activities organized by our programme. Socialize with aviation experts, work on exciting projects and have a taste of being on a large variety of jets, ranging from helicopters to fighter planes. Bear in mind, the 3C’s of life: Choices, Chances, Changes. Let your dreams take flight!

Dickson Cheuk
Dickson Cheuk
  • The Airport Authority Hong Kong - Operation Officer, Airfield
  • Heliservices (HK) Ltd - Casual Junior Duty Controller
  • Bachelor of Applied Science, Aviation
  • Graduate of Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies

Upon the completion of the Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies programme, I am well equipped with a concrete foundation of knowledge and skills regarding Airport and Airline Operations, Air Traffic Management and Aviation Security and Contingency Planning, etc. Through this programme, I’m pleased to have an opportunity to work in Heliservices as a part-time Casual Junior Duty Controller organized by the Internship programme. Through these experiences, not only have I equipped myself with various ground handling techniques, I have also developed strong critical appraisal skills in the aviation field. Now I’m working as an Airport Authority Operation officer in the Airfield department, not only has this programme enriched my aviation knowledge in airport management, it has also provided me with an opportunity to put my knowledge into practice. Aviation is not so much a profession as it is a disease.

Wong Chun Kong
Wong Chun Kong
  • 2014 Undergraduate, Social Science (Year 1), the University of Hong Kong
  • 2014 Graduate, Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies

This programme provides both practical skills and knowledge about the aviation industry in Hong Kong and around the world, which has helped us to build a good foundation to develop our career path in the aviation field. For instance, this programme offered us several field trips that could broaden our knowledge and experience on how companies operate their business. Furthermore, sharing sessions by pilots and flight attendants allow us to have a deeper understanding of their job. Their experiences were also useful for us to enter the aviation industry in the future. In addition, internship programmes were offered to us as well, which provided a valuable opportunity for us to know more about the industry in Hong Kong and better equip ourselves to get ready to enter into the industry. Not only do we have internship opportunities offered by the programme, the lecturers of each course have worked in the industry in Hong Kong. They are experienced and also have rich knowledge in different aspects of aviation industry which is useful to students whom are interested in joining the industry in the future. The higher diploma programme not only provided practical skills and knowledge to me, but also gave me a chance to further my study in university. HKU SPACE CC is rich in resources and willing to provide all possible assistance to students, including me, to pursue a degree after graduation. Although my current study is not related to aviation, I would still want to work in the aviation industry in the future. If you are interested in aviation or willing to develop your career path in aviation industry, please do not hesitate and apply for this programme.

Shun Wai Yin, Dennis
Shun Wai Yin, Dennis
  • 2015 Part time, Nippon Cargo Airlines
  • 2015 Undergraduate, International Shipping and Transport Logistics (Year 3), Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • 2015 Graduate, Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies
  • 2015 Delegate, Macau and Zhuhai Aviation (Airshow) Study Trip
  • 2015 Delegate, Korea Aviation (Asia Pacific Symposium) Study Trip
  • 2014 Delegate, Singapore Aviation (Airshow) Study Trip

Do you like aviation? Would you like to learn more about it? Would you like to join the industry? Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies programme is definitely your choice. In this course, what you can get is not just knowledge on handouts but also a valuable and unforgettable experience that actually bring you into the aviation industry. During the two years’ time, I had been to several airshows and overseas trips. Unlike those trips in secondary schools, we are now treated as one of the professional in these major events. We would be able to chat with experts from famous companies (e.g. Boeing, Airbus) as well as share their design and ideas of their company which make you feel that you are a member of the aviation family. In the Asia Pacific Aviation Education and Training Symposium, we got a chance to listen to a sharing giving by an Emirates’ manager who told us about his career path and daily responsibilities. These experiences helped me to develop confidence in the business world and understand the operations of aviation industry which is very useful for my future career. Moreover, one of the big differences between this course to others is that many lecturers and tutors have worked m the industry. They would share their daily job experiences that enrich the lessons and make the classes more practical and useful. We also have a lot of opportunities to join many different internship provided by industry like Cathay Pacific Services Limited, Metrojet and Heliservices. For those who want to be a pilot or flight attendant, the college provides different training workshops and professional advice. We are also given the chance to participate in activities like the Annual Aircraft Crash Exercise held by the Airport Authority, which gives us a bigger picture of the aviation in different aspects. If you like aviation and would like to join the industry, it should be you choice. What you can get here would be more than you expected. Now, I am studying in a BBA programme at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, majoring in International Shipping and Transport Logistics and continue to strive for my dream to be a professional in the aviation industry. Hope to see you in the coming future!

Li Lok Yee, Lois
Li Lok Yee, Lois
  • 2016 Customer Service Specialist, Cathay Pacific
  • 2015 Graduate, Bachelors of Science (Hons) in Aviation Management, Coventry University
  • 2014 Graduate, Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies
  • 2013 Internship Programme – Jardine Aviation Services

I have great aspiration in aviation, that's why I chose Aviation Studies in HKU SPACE Community College in 2012. Throughout the two years, other than the knowledge taught by lecturer, the college also provides us opportunity to work at the airport or with different airlines. Luckily, I had a chance to work at Jardine Aviation Services as a ground staff. Although I only worked for a short period, I really enjoyed working in the field that I love. I am currently working in the Customer Service Department at Cathay Pacific. The time here is wonderful. Hope that aviation-lovers can also find themselves from this programme.

Ng Yuen Ying, Angel
Ng Yuen Ying, Angel
  • 2015 Load Control Officer, Hong Kong Airport Services Ltd
  • 2015 Graduate, Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies
  • 2015 Delegate, Korea Aviation (Asia Pacific Symposium) Study Trip
  • 2014 Delegate, Singapore Aviation (Airshow) Study Trip

After my HKDSE exam in 2013, I chose to continue pursuing my interest in aviation studies and thus applied to the Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies (HDAS) programme at HKU SPACE CC. In this two-year higher diploma course at HKU SPACE CC, opportunities were provided to us to learn more about the industry, through local site visits and overseas trips. In 2014, the aviation programme team organized a trip to the Singapore Airshow to provide enhanced opportunities. During the event, we had an amazing time watching the flying and static displays of lots of aircraft. It was also most enjoyable having briefings and discussions with experts we met at the booths, like those from Boeing, Airbus, Royce Rolls, Jeppesen and also interacting some air force military personnel from different countries. Apart from the airshow, we visited the CAE Singapore, to have an idea of how they train their pilots and to obtain a better understanding of the facilities that can assist their cadet pilots in skills development during training. We had a talk with the tutors teaching Aeronautical Engineering at Singapore Institute of Technology and toured the campus to see what their students actually learn in their courses at the institute. In 2015, the programme team organized another trip for us to Seoul, South Korea to join the Asia-Pacific Aviation Education and Training Symposium (AAETS). In this particular event, we met lots of professionals from the industry, who are working on aviation education, airline training and even working for International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). We made lots of new friends through the symposium and we still keep in touch with them as hey have fortunately become our mentors in our aviation studies. During the trip, we also had a Junior Airport Management Course at Incheon Airport Aviation Academy, we visited the airside of Incheon airport and the maintenance hangers of Asiana Airlines, to understand more about the development of this location and how they concentrate their efforts on building new eco-friendly terminals and hangers at the airport. My 2-year HDAS study provided me with numerous opportunities to learn practical aviation knowledge and up-to-date information which better equips me to join the field in the future. We had local visits at Heliservices and Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department; internship programmes provided by various airlines and ground handling agents at Hong Kong International Airport. Throughout the internship and local visits, I can implement what I have and have a more holistic understanding of how the theories I learnt from lectures actually apply in daily airline operations and management. Moreover, as most of our lecturers are currently working in the industry, we can always get the latest industrial information and knowledge for our learning from them. After graduated from HDAS in 2015, I decided to have a gap year for half and a year before going to Brisbane, Australia for my bachelor degree. I applied to Hong Kong Airport Services Ltd. and became a Load Control Officer handling Cathay Pacific Airways’ passenger flights. I used the load control knowledge I learnt from my lectures back into my daily work, and the knowledge helped me to fit into my work quickly as the theories I learnt from college and job training are totally the same. I really feel grateful for meeting lots of experts from the industry, they taught us lots of updated information and knowledge for joining and fitting into the industry workforce. Now, at the moment I am typing this article, I have already arrived Brisbane and ready to start my degree study in Aviation Management at Griffith University. I received credit exemption based on the credits I got in my HDAS study and it takes only half and a year, which is half of the full degree duration, to get my bachelor degree and graduate. I am looking forward to enjoy my new life in Brisbane, know more aviators around the world and learn from each other, and the most important is, use the knowledge I will learn to contribute to Hong Kong aviation industry.

Cheng Chi Yip, Michael
Cheng Chi Yip, Michael
  • 2015 Undergraduate in the Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Aviation Management
  • 2014-15 Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies (Year 2)
  • 2015 Delegate, Macau and Zhuhai Aviation (Airshow) Study Trip
  • 2015 Delegate, Korea Aviation (Asia Pacific Symposium) Study Trip
  • 2014 Internship Program, Metrojet Ltd.
  • 2014 Delegate, China Aviation (Sichuan) Study Trip

The goal of being a pilot is my dream after a cockpit visit when I was 14 and it ignited my passion to Aviation for many years. Unfortunately, I started studying an Associate Degree in Social Sciences at HKU SPACE Community College after high school and then I transferred to the Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies programme after my first year of studies. As an Aviation Studies student, I experienced plenty of valuable opportunities to learn about the Aviation industry through exchange programmes, oversea visits and internships. Most of our lecturers are Hong Kong professionals working in the Aviation industry. They are willing to “facilitate” our studies and share their experiences in the field by providing practical tasks in our courses. I remembered a remarkable assignment in the risk management course. We were required to perform a Risk Assessment on a local Aviation agent and my team was one of the top three groups in our programme and we won a ferry helicopter flight gift certificate. In addition, I benefitted greatly from a training tour in Korea for the Asia-pacific Aviation Education & Training Symposium which inspired me to discover the joy of working in the industry and through discussions with the Aviation experts from around the world. I was lucky to be one of a very small number of people who was selected as an intern at the Metrojet Ltd., a Hong Kong-based six stars private operator. During the summer internship, I participated in a number of strategic positions in various departments from Engineering & Flight Operations to Corporate Safety. I also received an overview of a typical Air Operator to understand the perspective between Business & Commercial Aviation which was great experience and starting point for my future development in the Aviation industry and developed my ability to learn new knowledge for my further training. Time flies, I will be spending my last semester in Aviation Studies. I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to all the lecturers, staff and my lovely classmates in the programme. The joy of Aviation is built from passions, determination, dedication and insistence and I believe a successful “Aviator” should have these elements to keep their excellence. Never let obstacles stop you, strive focus on your passion.

Yiu Tsz Ting, Anthony
Yiu Tsz Ting, Anthony
  • 2015 Undergraduate in The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Bachelor of Nursing
  • 2014-15 Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies (Year 2)
  • 2015 Delegate, Macau and Zhuhai Aviation (Airshow) Study Trip
  • 2015 Delegate, Korea Aviation (Asia Pacific Symposium) Study Trip
  • 2014 Internship Programme, Cargo Services Officer at Cathay Pacific Services Ltd.
  • 2014 Delegate, Singapore Aviation (Airshow) Study Trip

I am Anthony, a year 2 student who loves and enjoys devoting myself to the aviation industry. Here is my 'adventure' in HKU SPACE CC. To start with, I would like to describe my academic experiences. All the lecturers from my course are industry specialists. Although they always have a tight schedule, they have fully supported to me if I encounter any difficulties. What's more, they have used their wide connections in the industry and prepared numerous site visits for students such as Cathay Pacific City and Heliservices. Apart from study and site visits, our College offers a variety of internship opportunities to us. For me, I have been working in Cathay Pacific Services Ltd. from January 2014. It has strengthened my knowledge and I have gained practical experience which benefits my future career and gives me a general picture of the ‘real world’. The College also organized various study trips for students. I took part in three international events: the Singapore Airshow 2014, the China Airshow 2014 and the Asia-Pacific Aviation Education & Training Symposium. In these events, we chatted with representatives of well-known organizations (e.g. Airbus, Boeing) and they always answered with a detailed explanation. It allowed us to learn cutting-edge technology from international talents. Sometimes, we exchanged contact details with them (i.e. Facebook and LinkedIn). And now to the most exciting part in my school life – Orientation Camp. From planning to holding, the programme team was not involved too much and students were the role players in this event. Better still, we could meet many new students and build up a positive relationship with them and guide them to the right way if they came across any difficulties. All in all, our programme provides vast and limitless opportunities for us. You can gain many valuable experiences unless you choose to miss out on the opportunities that are waiting for you. I hope you will join with us and be a next generation talent. Hope to see you soon! “Beware of missing chances; otherwise it may be too late someday” – Franz Liszt

Chan Wai Lun, Tom
Chan Wai Lun, Tom
  • 2014 Undergraduate in City University of Hong Kong, Social Sciences (Environmental Policy) (Year 3)
  • 2014 Delegate, Aviation China Study Trip (Sichuan)
  • 2013 Delegate, Aviation China Study Trip (Tianjing-Beijing)

Being a pilot is many teenagers’ dream, including me. However, it is definitely not an easy task, even we seldom gain knowledge related to aviation in our daily life. During the first year of study, I have gained a lot of basic aviation knowledge, like aeronautical knowledge, safety management skills and airport operation. We could even try to do a risk management project for helicopter operation and had a chance to visit the hangar of HAECO. Those learning experiences were really gratifying as I have always been an aviation enthusiast. And then before the start of year 2 study, I did have an opportunity to work with the aviation industry, I was a ground service staff and air cargo service officer. Those experiences let me transfer my knowledge learnt from classroom to practical skills applied in the industry. When proceeding to year 2, I further gained more comprehensive understanding of the operation of aviation industry, like air traffic management, human and environmental factors in aviation operation etc. The final year project also made me understand how team work and effective communication could be useful in business aviation. I also joint the International Federation of Airworthiness safety forum in Hong Kong, which gave me a chance to observe and realize what was happening inside the industry and what expertise they were focusing on. During my whole study of HD AS, I had joined two overseas aviation trips. I went to Beijing, Tianjin and Chengdu respectively to visit their aviation institutions and companies like Airbus production line in Tianjin and Beihang University in Beijing. Chengdu has always acted as an aviation hub like Hong Kong. Other than visiting aviation institutions and companies, we also toured the aircraft parts factory and maintenance hangar there. Now, I am continuing my study in university, but I believe what I learnt in CC will be beneficial to me life-long, especially to my career development in aviation industry.

Chu Ka Wo, Dennis
Chu Ka Wo, Dennis
  • 2014 Undergraduate in The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, International Shipping and Transport Logistics (Year 3)
  • 2014 Delegate, Aviation China Study Trip (Sichuan)
  • 2013 Delegate, Aviation China Study Trip (Tianjing-Beijing)

If you want to pursue your dream in aviation, it is not a bad idea to study in this programme. You will meet a lot of lecturers with strong experience and willing to share all they know with the students, so you will get a lot from studying here. I have kept a good relationship with some lecturers, even though I have already graduated from HKU SPACE CC. We sometimes have a dinner and chat about everything. The two years studying in the Aviation Studies programme were the most enjoyable moments ever, as you are studying something that you like. I have met a lot of friends with the same interests and share the same passion, so you will not be alone, if you are interested in aviation. There are many activities in this programme. I have joined two summer study trips to Beijing, Tianjin and Chengdu. Thus, I could visit an Airbus factory, flight training school and an aircraft maintenance hangar. You can learn a lot from the trip, such as the actual operation, working culture, and the aircraft structure in different countries. The lecturers will go with us, so we can ask them some technical or industry related questions, and you can learn a lot in those few days. We will have some local visits as well, like the HAECO and Heliservices visit. Every student will have a chance to visit those places to learn more about the industry. Some of you may want to be a pilot, flight attendant, etc. Thus, the College will have some workshops or seminars for the students. I have joined a two-day workshop of pilot interview skills. Due to the limited time, you cannot learn lots of knowledge about this, but you will know the most important criteria to be a pilot, so it gives you a chance to think about how to improve yourself to achieve your dream. You will also have a chance to fly the simulator with a pilot instructor, so you can know what it is like to fly. This course can help you a lot in preparing to join the aviation industry. How much you can get from this depends on how much you want to get. You will have a lot of chances here, so treasure every chance that you can get - this is the most important thing that I have learned here. I am now studying a BBA programme at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, majoring in International Shipping and Transport Logistics. I am still working hard on pursuing my dream. Dream Big! Fly High!

Tam Ka Ho, Alex
Tam Ka Ho, Alex
  • 2014 Undergraduate in The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Social Science (Year 1)
  • 2013 Summer Internship Programme – Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department
  • Internship Programme – Hong Kong Airlines

It was a tough time when I found out that I had failed to get a place in a local university two years ago. It was HKU SPACE CC that gave me the opportunity to keep learning and better equip myself for the future. Aviation had long been my interest but it turned into my study major, enabling me to pursue my dream in the future. Apart from regular lectures on aviation-related knowledge, the College programme team offered us various internships and part-time working opportunities, as well as a lot of relevant activities throughout the two-year programme. Being able to really work in the field helped consolidate my own knowledge and exposed me to some new things that couldn’t be learnt in the classroom. I am really happy that I had these precious practical experiences. I believe these real-life working experiences did help me a lot in gaining admission to university two years later, and will definitely help me in the future when developing my career path. A lot of people see the study of sub-degree programmes as a waste of time and money, but I think, on the contrary, these two-years enabled me to think about what I wanted my ideal future to be, and turn it into reality. The time in the College is not only about academic achievement but about whole-person development as well. So please don’t close yourself off from society. Seize the opportunity and enrich your life in CC!

Leung Ho Lok, Tommy
Leung Ho Lok, Tommy
  • 2013-14 Student of Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies (Year 2)
  • 2013- Internship Programme - Passenger Services Agent at Jardine Aviation Services Ltd.
  • 2013 Delegate, Aviation China Study Trip (Tianjing-Beijng)
  • 2014 Delegate, Singapore Aviation (Airshow) Study Trip

I love the sky! Until now, I still remember my trip to Sapporo. In this flight, I had a chance to visit the Boeing 747-400 cockpit. During the conversation with the captain, he encouraged me to be a pilot and ignited my passion to fly. In February 2014, I joined the Singapore Airshow Study Trip with the College. In this trip, except the Airshow aerobatic display, the most exciting activity was CAE visit. During the visit, we all had a chance to fly a few minutes in the A320 simulator. When I was flying, I understood why I want to fly; Why I want be a pilot. That flight helped me to know my passion to fly is as strong as ever. I am working for Jardine Aviation Services Limited as a Passenger Services Agent now. My responsibilities are assisting airline passengers to board the aircraft or to transfer to other flights, etc. I can gain a lot experience from this job like customer service, airlines policy, etc. that will be helpful to my career in the future. This Aviation Studies programme provided plenty of knowledge from experienced lecturers. The knowledge isn't only applicable for my job, but also in my life. Besides that, the College arranges internship opportunities in local airlines, and study trips for us like Beijing in 2013 and Singapore in 2014. I am very pleased that I applied to this course two years ago. In the College life, we still “Work Hard! Play Hard!” But, the most important isn't what you do, is how you do it.

Liao Chi Yin, Sam
Liao Chi Yin, Sam
  • Flight Operations Officer in Sky Shuttle Helicopters Company
  • 2014 Graduate of Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Aviation Management
  • 2013 Graduate of Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies
  • 2013 Internship Programme - Passenger Services Agent at Jardine Aviation Services Ltd.
  • 2013 Delegate, Aviation China Study Trip (Tianjing-Beijng)

The Sky is unlimited. After graduating in this Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies, I have finished my bachelor’s degree in Aviation Management. Currently, I am a Flight Operations Officer in Sky Shuttle Helicopters Company, one of the world's leading commercial helicopter operators. Aviation is a huge industry. It is not only focusing on neither Pilot nor Flight Attendant, but also other positions like Air Traffic Controller, Dispatcher and Loaders The Higher Diploma programme not just taught me knowledge in aviation, it also enriches my vision in this industry. The programme combines three areas, operations, management and safety. I have studied a lot of different interesting subjects like Airport and Airline Operations, Air Traffic Management, within the two-year programme and the valuable knowledge learnt is very practical for my current job; most of the problems and situations faced during my job have been taught during the programme. Beside knowledge, the programme also provides a very good networking opportunities with lecturers and experts in the industry who are very knowledgeable and experienced. The Sky is unlimited. Aim higher, dream higher. Let's start the aviation journey here!

Chan Chung Ho, Matthew
Chan Chung Ho, Matthew
  • 2014 Undergraduate in The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Social Science (Year 1)
  • 2013 Flight Operations – SATS HK Ltd.
  • 2012 Graduate of Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies - Distinction
  • 2011 Summer Internship Programme – Metrojet Ltd.
  • 2011 Student Representative – ICAO NGAP Outreach Committee

I am currently an undergraduate student in The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), majoring in Global Studies. The area of focus is about international relations and politics in global affairs. Before joining CUHK, I decided to take a year of full-time employment in order to subsidize my further studies after graduating from the Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies programme of HKU SPACE CC. From my previous work experiences in the discipline of flight operations at a local aviation ground handling agent, I came across many real life complexities for which I could make good use of what I have learnt about the industry, and that further enabled me to demonstrate certain levels of familiarity to get job tasks done within real-life constraints. During my study in the Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies programme, I was luckily selected as a student representative to participate in the conferences organized by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) - Next Generation Aviation Professionals Outreach Committee. My role was to work with my teammates through meetings and give presentations to different aviation stakeholders from different countries. We gave ideas on how to tackle the anticipated shortage of competent personnel required by the industry from a student’s point of view. Through the Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies programme, I received the opportunity to join an internship in a business jet company in Hong Kong, Metrojet Ltd. During the 2-month internship training, I had job rotations in three departments within Metrojet, which were the Engineering Department, Corporate Safety Department and Flight Operations Department. At the end of the internship, I gave presentations to the management board of the company regarding the key learning areas gained in each department as a conclusion of the whole internship programme. Overall, the Aviation programme has equipped me with extensive specialized knowledge of the industry and provided me with lots of opportunities to get involved in the real-life industrial situations even when I was just a student with no practical experience. My enthusiasm for aviation has simply been sparked further by the programme. The experience had dramatically changed my mind when I stepped far outside my comfort zone.

Jeff Yiu
Jeff Yiu
  • 2013-14 Student of Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies (Year 2)
  • 2013 Internship Programme - Passenger Services Agent at Jardine Aviation Services Ltd.
  • 2013 Delegate, Aviation China Study Trip (Tianjing-Beijng)

Flying used to be a human dream, but we have overcome the obstacles of this dream with intelligence and technology, and now aviation is the safest transportation mode. We have to give thanks for the advanced technologies, effective safety management systems and so on. You could learn all these topics from the experienced lecturers in the industry. Apart from the academic side, the College has been organizing a wide range of activities for us, such as study trips as well as visits to HAECO and Heliservice Inc.. In the last summer, I joined a study trip to Beijing and visited the assembly line of the Airbus in Tianjin. After the trip, I knew much more about the aviation development in China and made a lot of new friends. In the same summer holiday, I was fortunate to be given a chance to take part in the internship programme of the Jardine Aviation Service as Passenger Service Agent (PSA). I was grateful to learn experiencing the activities in the airport and it offered me a chance to learn something out of the classroom like intercommunication skills and the boarding system. The Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies was the first programme ever in HKU SPACE CC to hold their own Orientation Camp, and it is my honour to be a member of the organizing committee. It was a good opportunity to meet the new students and we are now good friends. To me, the most unforgettable event is the conference on airworthiness at the Civil Aviation Department. A number of professional and experienced international aviation experts shared their views on aviation safety. I still remember that the president of the International Federation of Airworthiness (IFA) told us, “You are the future of the aviation industry and teaching you safety is our major concern.” The achievements in aviation came from the hard-work, dedication and the commitment of talented people before, and I am sure you guys have those same talents. So, do not give up your dreams and pursue it. Come and fly with us!

Cheng Chor Wing, Billy
Cheng Chor Wing, Billy
  • 2013- Graduate Aviation Consultant, EC Harris (Hong Kong) Ltd.
  • 2013 Graduate of Bachelor in Aviation Management, Coventry University
  • 2012 Graduate of Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies
  • 2011 Champion Team, Hong Kong Airlines Flying Machine Competition

From ancient times, humans have had strong aspirations to fly in the sky. From the Wright brothers to the A380, humans have spent less than 150 years to develop aviation industry. It is amazing and interesting to me, which inspired me to join the aviation industry. I am currently working in a consultancy firm as a Graduate Aviation Consultant after my bachelor’s degree in aviation management. My main responsibility is supporting my team in airport operation, International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) standards and civil aviation regulation. I was assigned to work in different projects with some of the biggest international firms, which explored my insights and increased my international experience. From my pervious project experience, I have drafted the Standard Operating Procedures for helicopter/helipad operators, amended a risk assessment report/risk register for airport operation and held risk workshops with stakeholders, which can enhance my knowledge and working skills such as communication skills with clients and business English etc. I am glad that I can work with a high qualification and professional teammates, who are air traffic controllers, management directors, risk managers and urban planners, etc. that support me a lot. Leveraging the Higher Diploma – Aviation Studies built up my aviation knowledge and expanded my networking in the aviation industry. This programme has equipped me with professional knowledge and technical skills to deal with the challenges in the aviation industry, which is applicable for your future carrier. Besides, the Hong Kong Government and Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) have agreed to build a 3rd runway in Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), but they are facing a challenge of insufficient manpower in the coming years. Therefore, I highly recommend this programme for those who are interested in aviation as your future career.

Lam Yat Fung, Jeffrey
Lam Yat Fung, Jeffrey
  • 2013 Student of Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • 2013 Graduate of Bachelor in Aviation Management, Coventry University
  • Flight Operations Officer, Sky Shuttle Helicopters Limited
  • 2012 Graduate of Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies

After graduating from the Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies with a merit result, I have pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Aviation Management while working at Sky Shuttle Helicopters Limited as a Flight Operations Officer simultaneously. Currently, I am studying a master’s degree to further enhance my knowledge in Aviation. The Higher Diploma programme has equipped me with sufficient knowledge and practical techniques to deal with various tasks in aviation. I am glad that I made the right decision four years ago – to be part of the Higher Diploma programme. It is because the knowledge that I have acquired is applicable in my job. Therefore, I can adapt to the ever-changing environment easily.

Napoles Karen Allisa
Napoles Karen Allisa
  • 2015 Flight Attendant, Finnair
  • 2015 Graduate, Bachelors of Science (Hons) in Aviation Management, Coventry University
  • 2014 Graduate, Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies
  • 2014 Delegate, Singapore Aviation (Airshow) Study Trip
  • 2013 Delegate, Aviation China Study Trip (Tianjing-Beijng)

Hi, I am Allisa, a graduate of Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies programme. After I acquired the Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies programme, I took a Top-Up degree in Aviation Management with Coventry University, who has a partnership with City University of Hong Kong. I enrolled the Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies programme in HKU SPACE CC because I had great intentions to pursue a career in Aviation; my goal was to be a pilot. Right now, I am a flight attendant flying for Finnair, but I have not forgotten my real dream, and I am still doing everything that I can to fulfill my heart’s desire. During my final year, I also spent some time working for a business jet company in Hong Kong under Supply Chain and Procurement. I have learnt how to source aircraft materials from this job and I was also able to assist them with acquiring new equipment for their new branch in Macau. It was a challenging but exciting experience for me. When I graduated from the Higher Diploma programme, I rewarded myself with two hours of leisure flight, an hour with Cessna 152 and another one with Cessna 172. This was something incredible for me, I suggest every person who dreams to be a pilot to try this, given the money and time. In the vast of two years with HKU SPACE CC, they were able to give us the maximum exposure to aviation. For example in Year 1, we visited Heliservices Inc., where we were educated about helicopters and this is when I realized, being a pilot doesn’t only mean flying for commercial airlines, there are many positions pilots can have, and the most interesting for me is flying helicopters for search and rescue. In Year 2, we had a 4-day Aviation trip to Beijing. And in the middle of Year 2, we headed to the Singapore Airshow 2014 for 6 days. We had exclusive opportunities; talks from Airbus, Boeing, CAE, Gulfstream and Singapore Polytechnic. I was even lucky to be interviewed by Airbus official media. I was one of the leaders for the Orientation Camp 2014. Our activities included city hunt, team building games and had a BBQ party at night before we had a beauty pageant. It was very enjoyable; all the planning and preparations paid off. All these activities made it possible for me to make a lot of friends who are also passionate about aviation and this is excellent as one of our lecturers said, “In aviation, sometimes it’s not what you know, it’s WHO you know”.

Chan Ying Kit, Sonic
Chan Ying Kit, Sonic
  • 2014 Flight Attendant, Cathay Pacific
  • 2014 Graduate of Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Aviation Management
  • 2013 Graduate of Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies
  • 2013 - Internship Programme – Hong Kong Airlines

To pursue your dream, getting in university is not the only path now. I am really thankful after taking the Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies in HKU SPACE CC. I have learnt a lot of aviation knowledge in these two years. The whole package of study was practical and the learning experience was extraordinarily sensational. No matter what outcome you are searching for studying in here, all you can get is quality study and knowledge, and these can actually help you to build up even up higher academic rung! This course opens the door of aviation industry for me. The most valuable thing is that I can meet a lot of experts of that industry who are experienced and professional. Because of that, we can get to know the most up-to-date knowledge and information about the subject, and the expertise they are practicing now in the workplace. Flying is not easy at all. I am a cabin crew of Cathay Pacific Airways now. I have visited many places where I have never been to, such as London, Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam etc. There is no boundary to fly in the sky. I appreciate that this course has helped me to take off from the ground and land back again securely with bundle full of useful knowledge and experience. Had I not chosen CC as my post-secondary study, I would still be engaging in something very down to earth, without dreams and hopes.