Soar­ing to suc­cess with new ven­ture

Pi­lot sets up flight train­ing from her front room

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - BUSINESS - By Debby Thomp­son debby.thomp­son@trin­i­tymir­

YOU might think the lounge of a home in Ger­rards Cross would be an un­likely place to learn the skills needed to fly a plane.

But you would be wrong.

Be­cause pi­lot Linda Wheeler is fly­ing high since launch­ing her new busi­ness Linda Wheeler Ground School – and she says it is pos­si­ble to learn all you need, and pass the nine the­ory ex­am­i­na­tions re­quired for a pri­vate pi­lot’s li­cence, (PPL) in just one week in her home.

In fact, since launch­ing the com­pany just a few months ago, she al­ready has a 100 per cent suc­cess rate from stu­dents who have stud­ied with her.

A self-con­fessed frus­trated com­mer­cial pi­lot, Linda was un­able to gain her Class One pi­lot’s li­cence be­cause she is ‘as blind as a bat with­out my con­tact lenses’.

In­stead she earned her PPL, fol­lowed by her in­stru­ment rat­ing (IMC) and set up a small busi­ness chartering pri­vate jets for busi­ness and leisure clients. She went on to work as Op­er­a­tions Manager at The Pi­lot Cen­tre in Den­ham.

But she says launch­ing the Linda Wheeler Ground School has ful­filled a long-held am­bi­tion and given her a new lease of life.

She said: “Ground school doesn’t have to be a grind.

“My ethos is: sim­plify, don’t mys­tify.

“I’m not try­ing to im­press my stu­dents with my own dar­ing ex­ploits, my job is to make sure they know all of the in­for­ma­tion they need in or­der to be a safe, qual­i­fied pi­lot.

“I can get them ready for those tough ex­ams – and make the ex­pe­ri­ence as en­joy­able as pos­si­ble.

“I am de­lighted with the way it is go­ing so far. It is the re­al­i­sa­tion of a dream for me.”

Mrs Wheeler cur­rently runs group and in­di­vid­ual cour­ses from her home in Ger­rards Cross and is also plan­ning some teach­ing in the sun with cour­ses held in Spain.

“It is ab­so­lutely pos­si­ble to get peo­ple through the train­ing and the nine ex­ams in five days,” she said. “And my stu­dents have a 100 per cent pass rate to prove it.”

Visit www.lin­dawheeler ground­ for more in­for­ma­tion, email her at lin­dawheeler@ bt­con­ or call her on 01753 889652.

FLY­ING HIGH: Linda Wheeler

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