Hello, I'm 16 and I am still in high school. My whole life I have had a passion for flying, I've never wanted to be anything else. This decision I made when I was 5 years old. Ever since the day I flew to Adelaide, Australia and the female Co-Pilot offered for me to sit on her lap in the cockpit after landing, she showed me all the different controls and told me what her job entails. Back then I was amazed that she was a female flying a plane, up to that pilot I only thought that males flew planes. This just made me more curious about flying planes. Ever since that day I flew to Adelaide on a connection flight with Qantas from my home city Johannesburg to Sydney and only an hour later onto Adelaide, I have grown a love for planes and a huge passion for flying. There is nothing that makes me happier in this world, I now take being a pilot in the future part of my life meaning. My parents have been the most supportive with my dream throughout my whole life but last year my parents made a huge financial error which has put us into a financial crisis. My parents have now told me that they won't be able to support me in my dream of becoming a pilot and getting my licenses, they aren't even sure if they will be able to pay for the rest of my high school or for my university. When I heard this, I was heartbroken and have never been so sad in my life. Now I have picked up my studies at high school in hope that I will get a scholarship at a university. I now do dog walking and pet sitting in my area as an everyday part-time job. All of the money which I earn from my work I am putting into my savings towards my flight school but I earn too little to save up for the whole amount. Of Course, I can work and take a small chunk of it but it will take me years and years to save up for one license. So, I have decided to ask for some help, I can't do this alone and would love some help in me reaching my dream even though I'm stuck in this financial crisis. Some details on what I’m saving money for, I am wanting to get my PPL (Private Pilot License) at Eagle Air based in Wonderboom Airport, Pretoria. My goal is to hopefully get this license completed before I graduate but if I don’t have the funds I’ll have to leave it to after graduation.
Love you all,
Liam Riley -