The latest member of TAG Aviation's Trained Pilot Scheme programme, Angel Wun, looks set to gain her first type rating on a Gulfstream 650. The programme is an in-house pilot training programme aimed at fostering local talent. It was established in 2015 and sponsors TAG employees to become a pilot from ab-initio to a full type rating on a business jet.
Wun has been instructing at TAG sister company Flight Training Adelaide (FTA) in Australia since 2019, finishing her tour as a Grade Two Instructor with instrument and multi-engine training approval. She was also awarded the Sir Donald Anderson Award in 2022 with her CASA ATPL results.
She says teaching from a single engine to a twin engine aircraft, from VFR to IFR, has given her a unique insight, with the added satisfaction of helping students go through their training, and was irreplaceable in her gaining the required experience. By the end of her journey with FTA, she had accrued more than 2,100 flying hours.
Wun had the extra pressure of completing the programme during some challenging times; the pandemic lasted longer in Asia, but through sheer determination and hard work she completed the programme.
After four years, Wun is pleased to rejoin TAG Aviation as a junior first officer, moving from flying as an instructor on a piston engine aircraft to flying a business jet.
"I shall always be extremely grateful and honoured for the opportunity and resources TAG has given me to fly as an instructor, obtaining both CASA ATPL and FAA ATP theory and now the type rating on a G650. I want to thank TAG for its dedication in nurturing me as a cadet pilot, I am so proud to be part of this amazing programme and look forward to flying a TAG aircraft," she says.
"I am extremely proud and pleased for Angel as she returns from her training and instructing at FTA to fly for TAG. This initiative continues TAG’s theme of aviation heritage, and highlights that we are true and professional aviators," adds TAG president Steven Young.
Wun will be the third pilot, after Tinny Tse and Lawrence Lau, to fly for TAG. These previous cadets are both type rated on a Global 6000 and flying on the TAG fleet. The latest candidate is Jonathan Tam, who started the training last year and is currently instructing at FTA.