I’m not entirely sure how to start a new blog, it’s been a long time since I last did it and my last one had nothing to do with flying. If you look carefully, you’ll find my name. Currently I’m 21 years old. I wear glasses – don’t let anyone try and tell you that you can’t fly because you wear them too. The CAA has clear standards on eyesight here. I’m not sure what the reqiurement for the RAF are, I heard that they don’t accept people with corrected vision (glasses and contacts). Not sure about laser eye surgery either. Don’t take my word for any of the RAF stuff, best look it up yourself. For as long as I can remember I have watched planes come and go from the local airport. On the odd occasion Concorde would visit which was a must see. Every time I hear a plane pass over I can’t help but look and see what it is. I imagine what it’s like to be in that front seat.
I first flew when I was around three but I couldn’t remember that so I had to wait until 2002 when I was fourteen. We went on a family holiday to the USA and of course, had to fly. Standing in the departure lounge I had my nose pressed against the window looking at the planes only a few feet away. I remember thinking how cool it was to be so close. The long wait finally ended and we boarded. My brother and I were in on the right hand side and were right over the wing. The time for takeoff came and I couldn’t believe it! The force was incredible, I watched in amazement as the ground got further and further away. I was fascinated as I watched the flaps on the wing retract and the ailerons move to bank the aircraft. A total of five flights later, we’re back in Manchester after a fantastic holiday. I was hooked. Flight simulator became much more important to me, so did my choices in schooling.
I did my GCSEs, I took all the standard ones and chose Systems and Control for my technology option. Between History and Geography I chose the latter. The choice wasn’t really influenced by my desire to fly, I just disliked History and so had to take Geography anyway! I chose French over German just because I’d done it longer. I can’t remember if it was a choice between two but I also took I.T. becuse of my interest in computers. Not long into the course I realised that I had made a mistake, it was all about using computers for publishing – posters, documents and spreadsheets. I thought it would be all about the workings of a computer, both hardware and software, interesting stuff like that. It was too late though, I was on the course. I tried to make the most of it and I succeeded, I got another GCSE out of it.
I went on to start my A Levels – the first year being A/S. I took Maths, Physics, Geography and Religious studies. I found the Maths and Physics quite challenging and after the first year found out that they definately weren’t for me. I wanted to keep studying so I found a course at a local technology college and studied computer technology for a year. I already knew 90% of what was on the course but I didn’t have any paperwork to prove that. The course allowed me to put my skills on paper so I was more employable. By the time I had finished the couse I was tired of education and wanted to get a full time job. I was fortunate to secure a job at a nearby hotel in their I.T. department. It was a great place to work, it was enjoyable to work with each of the departments and my manager was fantastic to work with.
I worked there for a year and then I left to do two years as a volunteer missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I spent my two years around Ireland. The bulk of my time was spent in the suburbs of Dublin. I also spent time in Northern Ireland – Coleraine and Belfast, Dundalk and a summer on the west coast in Galway. I throughly enjoyed those two years and now look upon Ireland as a second home. Since my return in September 2009 I have been looking for work and looking at my options for flight training.