A Blackpool teenager is right on course to become the youngest airline pilot in the country with just a few tests to go.
Bradley Gosney, who will be 18 later this month, has become the youngest person to pass theory exams for the Air Transportation Pilot Licence and is set to take on the final flight exams next month.
Former Highfield Humanities College student Bradley, will then do flight simulator training on large commercial aircraft ahead of his chance to get a job with one of the big airlines.
He began taking trial flights at the age of eight and has been training at Blackpool Airport since he was old enough to learn to fly at 14, gaining his private pilot’s licence at 17. He said: “I have had fantastic support from my mum and I hope she will be proud when I pass.
“I have done my theory exams and next there is flying on a smaller aircraft before simulator training on one of the big ones. I started working for my commercial pilot’s licence in December.
“I am the youngest on the course, most of the others are at least in their mid twenties. The Civil Aviation Authority has said I would be the youngest. The youngest airline pilot at the minute is aged 19 turning 20.
I am hoping to get a job with an airline, I know it will be hard but I love flying
“There is a lot of knowledge to take in. When I was at school , I was not brilliant at maths so I wondered if I might struggle, but I have found it all easy to master.
“It is a challenge but an enjoyable one. I love flying and it is something I have always wanted to do.”
Learning to fly has taken Bradley to airports all over the country.
Currently training in Bournemouth, he has flown from Blackpool to Belfast Rotterdam, Cardiff, Scotland and many other locations in the UK.
He added: “I am hoping to get a job with an airline, I know it will be hard but I love flying.
“I am looking forward to having the sky as the view outside my office window.”