For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to fly a plane. When I was young, my family would take me to Bristol (and sometimes Heathrow) for a day of plane-spotting. I’d gaze mesmerisingly at the planes landing & taking-off and dream that one day it would be me sitting in the front seat.
Up until I was 13, I planned to finish education and start a career in aviation, aiming to fly commercial airliners. Then, sadly, my eyesight deteriorated from perfect 20/20 to barely being able to see more than a couple of feet in front of me without glasses. Someone told me I didn’t stand a chance of getting a job as a pilot because they don’t recruit anyone who needs glasses. I resigned myself to never being able to fly.
As it turned out, I’ve been incredibly lucky to enjoy a very successful career working within digital marketing (“making websites” if you’re wondering what that means!). After 12 years of full time employment, I became freelance (setting up my own company) in March 2013 and am now my own boss.
The Civil Aviation Authority do now allow you to be a pilot even if you wear glasses and contact lenses (so long as your prescription is within certain limits). So, in June 2013 I booked my first trial flight lesson. I was hooked, and promptly signed up for training to obtain my Private Pilots Licence (PPL). I live in Monmouthshire, a county in Wales, in the United Kingdom and am learnt to fly with Aeros at Gloucestershire Airport.
After around 12 months of training, I had passed all my exams and my final flight test. In September 2014, I received my PPL Licence and had fulfilled my dream of becoming a pilot!
This blog chronicles my training journey…