I've always considered myself a little wimpy. I don't get on rollercoasters and I'm not one for strong emotions however whilst doing the Instructor course at Goodwood I had to complete a sortie in which I learnt spin entries and recoveries in one of the Ultimate High Fireflys. It filled me with a sense of dread but I couldn't get out of it. By the end of the flight I realised that I had never felt so alive. I subsequently completed an aerobatic rating with Ultimate High, changing every perspective I have ever had about myself and my abilities.
Do you have a flying dream/ambition?
At the moment I am I'm trying to find my first job in a multi-crew aircraft. My time as a flying instructor has given me a strong hope that whatever I end up flying can eventually take me into a training position.
For now, I'm just trying to get my first flying job outside of General Aviation and I hope that even when I fly something bigger I will still have time to fly little single engine pistons. I would like to continue to do flying instruction and aerobatics to continually learn and improve my skill set.
Are there any flying role models that have particularly inspired you?
Due to my perhaps unorthodox initiation into aviation I am not familiar with any of aviation's early pioneers, nor am I familiar with any of today's famous pilots. Fortunately for me, aviation is for everyone and while I would love to know more, you don't really need to know any of that to fly.
I have had the privilege of flying with some exceptional pilots. I have met people who have struggled to complete and pay for their own licences, people who have lived the most incredible experiences through their flying careers and people who have such broad skill sets and are brilliant at many things, yet so humble. I won't mention any names as I don't feel it's right, but I am in awe of the people I have met and so deeply grateful as they have helped me to become who I am today.