An 18-year-old has develop into the UK’s youngest certified commercial pilot after his mum bought the household home to fund his dream.
Seth Van Beek obtained his licence to fly passenger airways after finishing an intensive £85,000 flight college course in Greece.
After 18 months of coaching and 150 hours within the air, he handed with flying colors – and owes all of it to his mum Frances, 42, who downsized her three-bedroom Milton Keynes home for a flat to pay for his course.
The teenager, who was high of his class, says he wished to succeed to make his mum proud.
He mentioned: ‘People have to chase their dreams, and I’ve been so fortunate, having the ability to make my dream my profession due to my mum.
‘None of this would have been possible without her – I love her to pieces!’
Finance supervisor Frances, initially from Zimbabwe, mentioned: ‘When I begin to take into consideration the whole lot, I get so overwhelmed.
‘I didn’t have a correct training, so I’ve at all times pushed Seth to be sure that he accomplishes what he actually desires.
‘For years I’ve instructed him that so long as he has religion and believes in himself, he will likely be in a position to obtain something he units his thoughts to.
‘To think he’s the youngest licensed commercial pilot within the UK – it blows me away.’
The teenager started dreaming of turning into a pilot when he was eight years previous after being taken ‘on holidays to see the world’ by his mum.
He started attending prestigious Mediterranean flight academy Egnatia Aviation Training College when he was 17.
One of 14 college students, Seth – who opted to be taught in Greece so he may break the world file – practiced sensible flying at Kavala International Airport each three months, taking to the skies five-times-a-week throughout these intervals.
The arduous employee spent 828 hours finding out studying principle and averaged an examination rating of 90.6%.
He graduated in September on the high of his class and obtained his licence from the European Aviation Safety Agency a month later at age 18, beating a file beforehand held by Luke Elsworth who handed aged 19.
Seth, who’s now on the hunt for a job, says he ‘loves everything about flying’ and hopes to work for British Airways someday.
He mentioned: ‘Flying has at all times been my dream. There was nothing else that I had ever wished to do, and there may be nothing I might ponder doing.
‘You don’t have a single epiphany the place you realise that you really want to be one thing or do one thing, it comes from expertise.’
Egnatia Aviation Training College has revealed that of their 1,500 college students to graduate since 2006, Seth was the youngest, with their closest qualifying pilots three years his senior.
A letter of advice from teacher Captain Dionysios Kouri mentioned: ‘Exemplary pupil could be the characterization that finest describes Seth Van Beek.
‘His pre-entry assessment results led us to believe that Seth not only had great potentials but allowed us to have high expectations from him, too. And he certainly proved us right!’