“Our longest serving student!”
A story of determination
Michael started out on his flying adventure some 18 years ago and like many of us work and other commitments have taken their toll on continuity. During the last 12 months however he decided it was finally time to achieve the dream but time and time again it was thwarted by the weather.
I first flew with Michael as his instructor in July of last year and have witnessed first hand his determination to "crack this once and for all”. He has studied, listened, really focused on the flying exercises and put himself under serious pressure to finish.
That pressure was intensified recently when we learned that neither of our examiners were available for his test, which really needed to happen before the 5th of March. This key date was the expiry of the 24 months period from finishing PPL exams during which all PPL applicants must take their skills test or re-sit them all.
However we managed to arrange a visiting examiner to take Michael and with the only real break in the weather all week happening just at the appointed hour, he set off and passed - with just 4 days to spare and as it happened no further weather either!
I am delighted that Michael has finally cracked it, pleased that the pressure is now off and look forward to seeing him(and me!) relax and start to enjoy the adventure of aviation, although I must admit I will miss seeing those white knuckles on the control column as I throw yet another simulated engine failure at him!
Lydd Aero Club