Area: Piloting

"From an early age the aviation dream was prompted by the endless stories of flying from my great uncle. From here the aviation bug stayed with me. With opportunities to go flying with him, it brought about an interest like no other. Flying in his light aircraft has a sense of freedom that you would be immersed in, it was flabbergasting.

"This led me to go onto training for my PPL at Shoreham airport, flying in a pa28. I was also lucky enough to be invited up to CAE in Burgess Hill to do some flying in their simulators, which was great.

"Opportunities continued. I acquired work experience at easyJet attending Gatwick for a week. This was somewhat of a personal dream. The insight into what actually went on behind the scenes, from the pilots themselves to flight operations was a great eye opener.

"When attending Eastbourne College I partook in one of the largest combined cadet forces in the South. I joined the RAF section. The opportunities were endless, from shooting to flying. With the flying being a key interest, I was able to go on numerous camps and the usual visits to RAF Benson to fly with personnel in Grob Tutors over Oxford. This later enabled me to apply for a flying scholarship through the RAF to attend Tayside Aviation in Dundee for two weeks. This broadened my aviation knowledge and skills. Later in that year I applied for a FAAOA Aviation Gliding Scholarship which I was awarded and I will be completing this later in the year.

"I am currently undecided about which route I want to take to become a pilot, be it in the civil or military sector. However, with the aviation industry being such a confusing area due to the vast range and amount of information, I feel that ASP has been able to make this clearer. With this I hope to inspire the younger generation to get involved with this industry."