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Being a pilot is one of the most enjoyable and fulfilling jobs I can think of. Whether one becomes an Air force pilot or simply takes a few lessons and gets their Private Pilot’s License, flying is something that has and always will fascinate us all. I’m currently a Student Pilot for a Private Pilot’s License (PPL) and I need a major support in terms of fees to pay for my studies and flying.

I want to be a pilot because I love flying, the view; I enjoy the challenges of doing a difficult and complex task safely. It’s something very few others can do, it a stable career, prestigious career (I know some won’t agree, but for me it is) and I think this would fulfill my life. The beauty of the aircraft (any plane, especially during take-off and landings) is very graceful. It’s a huge machine taking to the skies, from being a ground craft to an aircraft, the transition is always beautiful.

The science behind it, why does something that big, with no visible means holding it up; flying? How come a 200 ton thing full of people is flying through the air without falling? I wanted to know everything behind that magic and the dream I think every real pilot has one day.

I’m 20 years of age and I currently live at KwaMashu with my parents and my four siblings. I was born and raised in Durban. I grew up playing lots of sports and enjoyed all things. Since I’m coming from a very poor background family and finished my metric in a very disadvantage school which is called Mzuvele High School and I completed my metric in the year 2008, living in township area, it is not much easier for me to pay the fees for my studies and flying by myself. Life is difficult at home, my parents are both not working sometimes I even hardly to get the money for a transport to go to school. A support is something I’m looking up to. For me it is very hard to do other course or do something else because I cannot become something else besides being a pilot.

How did I get in here?

In 2007 while I was doing grade 11, one member of the city counselor from EThekwini Municipality came to our school to introduce this kind of project which is a Cadet Pilot Project that took place at Virginia Flight School, this flight school is located at Durban North. The project started by the selection process (short listing) of approximately 85 pupil including girls. As the selection went on and on whereby I had to pass all the aviation exams that we were given, by a pass mark of more than 75% in order to get through, but through the hard work and excellent result we did, only three pupils got admitted and I was the one of those pupils. It’s not about being lucky it all about dedication, love, commitment and immense passion I have for this kind of career. But since we have been started attending the full-time course they haven’t fund us.

I started to attend the full-time course which is a Private Pilot’s License in earlier January last year in the best well known flight school in the country which is called Virginia Flight School. We initially train for a Private Pilot’s License involving between 40 and 70 flying hours, a theoretical examination and a practical flight test. With a PPL I can fly for recreation purposes, but I may not fly for reward (either monetary or in kind). I’ve gone so far well with my studies, I’ve already flew on solo flight and I have 43.7 hours of flying and I’ve finished all 8 theoretical exams and I’m left with some few flying in order to get my Private Pilot’s License and move into the next License which is called a Commercial Pilot’s License (CPL), once I finished my PPL.

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In Commercial Pilot’s License I will have to pass a more stringent aviation medical examination, build up a further 200 hours of flying experience, pass theoretical examinations laid down by the SACAA (South African Civil Aviation Authority), complete an instrument flying rating and pass the CPL flight test. My own ability and commitment will determine how long it takes to obtain the CPL. The minimum period is nine months, but more often it takes two years. The amount of money that I need in order to further my studies is R350, 000. I’m seeking for some help from anyone.

Being honestly the salary Pilots make is another thing I like. They make money than they know what to do with. This is because most people think that Plane is dangerous except Pilots don’t because they know how easy it is. Another best part I like about being a pilot is that you get to see the world, travel all over and meet new people. Pilots are known for being able think well under stress and multi-task. Playing sports is one of the best ways to develop these attributes.
No one had became something big in my family I think this would be a greatest gift or a blessing for them, but to me it would be a dream come true.


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