Yes, it’s true!  After doing some impressive air displays at last year’s European GP, Mark Webber is looking to obtain his pilots licence.  What’s more, he’s doing it with the help of Qantas, the Aussie airline.

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Official Press release 

The Australian Formula One driver spent some time at Heathrow airport today in the cockpit of a Qantas A380 with one of the airline’s training captains, after having expressed a genuine interest in flying.

Webber‘s ambitions will see him transfer his skill set from the grid to the skies.

Qantas will provide mentoring support with one of the airline’s training pilots and time in the Qantas flight simulators, and will recommend an approved pilot training organisation in order for Mark to learn to fly – and are certain his driving skills and his excellent hand/eye coordination will put him in good stead in learning to fly an aircraft.

Webber stated that flying has been something that has always fascinated him; and having had the opportunity to fly over the Albert Park Formula One circuit in a Qantas B737 simulator earlier this year really consolidated his passion to fly an aircraft one day.

Qantas currently operates up to 28 services each week between the UK and Australia. In 2008 Qantas launched A380 services from London and now operates daily A380 services to Sydney via Singapore and six A380 services per week to Melbourne also via Singapore.

The Qantas A380 offers a premium flying experience, including 14 luxurious suites in First, 72 fully-flat Skybed seats in Business, 32 Premium Economy and 332 Economy.