Hi All. This is my first time and attempt to build funds for a dream that I have had for a while.
Let me introduce myself.
I am Ashley, 26 and from the United Kingdom. I am a family man with a wife and one son. They mean everything to me. In 2018, I graduated from university with a 2:1 in Computer Science and proceeded to work for a software company for two years until COVID-19 hit.
At this moment in time, my family and myself ae currently struggling. We are doing the best we can to try and afford the training required to further my pilot training, hence why I have come here.
Covid-19 has disrupted my income flow which allowed me to get my training so far and I am trying my best to get funds together, but my area is not the best, therefore, I have taken up a role as a bus driver which just about earns enough to pay my monthly bills and to provide for my family.
I have previous flying experience - 16 Hours on PA-28 and around 20 hours on an Ikarus C42 - and have been urging myself to get back into flying. But I lack the funding.
Airline companies are facing an issue of an aging population and with the rising costs of fuel and wages, it is becoming harder to tempt younger generations to enter the field due to the costs. Here in the UK, there are rarely any schemes that would help with financing for pilot training. We must also consider the effects this may have once the pandemic is near its end or at least when aviation becomes more viable and demand increases. Therefore, I believe NOW is a perfect time to continue and finish training to attain my Private Pilots Licence so I can start to hour build and get myself in a better position to continue and achieve my career.
Due to my current hours and what I predict the amount that would be needed from feedback from the instructors, I would suggest £5000 would be sufficient.
My journey after PPL status is to hour build and hopefully will have the ability to undertake my FI course and be able to teach other people to become pilots. This is also another aspiration of mine; the ability to teach others and allow those from underachieving demographics to have an opportunity to change their lifes at the fraction of the cost of normal pilot training.
The success of me achieving my goals depend on your willingness to give.