From the age of 3 1/2, when I first stepped onto a aircraft, I knew that this would be my passion and dream. Since then, from the smallest of aircraft to the largest, I look up at them wishing I was in the left hand seat, piloting it!
From my 1st year out of school, 2011, I have been working, as parents were not able to send me to any kind of tertiary schooling and I wasn't going to sit around and wait for something to fall into my lap. Since then, I have been able to fly around 20 hours, all paid for through the little savings I can make every month, but, since funds have dried up, I have not been able to do more. With me saving as much as I can, I have 2, something 3 hours worth saved a month, but, since I need to fly 5 or more times a month, this is not enough. I have cut down on spending as much as possible, stopping sports and hobbies, but due to the high cost of living, saving is difficult.
I am now 26 and although this is still young, if I don't get my license soon, I will always be at a disadvantage in the already cut throat industry because of my age, with younger people, having funds available, getting licenses at as young as 18 and 19.
For my PPL, I need 45 hours, but will need to redo some of the hours I have already flown as I have not flown in some time. For commercial, where I get paid to fly, I need 200 hours, but to have a chance in the industry, I need a realistic 500+ hours.
I've always been taught, hard work gets the dream, but there is nothing wrong with asking for help along the way!