Ad­vice please!

Pilot - - SPECIAL FEATURE - Jon Pivett, Burn­ham on Sea

I am just start­ing my PPL with a view to be­com­ing a com­mer­cial pi­lot in the fu­ture. I have been ob­sessed with avi­a­tion for as long as I can re­mem­ber. I have found a great club and in­struc­tor and I am hav­ing a whale of a time! I have al­ways got my head in the train­ing man­u­als and am fly­ing as much as I can af­ford So far so good…

Un­for­tu­nately one thing that I am re­ally strug­gling with are the costs in­volved in gain­ing the com­mer­cial li­cences, rat­ings, hours build­ing etc. I am 33 and the sole earner of the house­hold, with a wife, mort­gage and two kids to sup­port. I just can­not see a vi­able path, fi­nan­cially, to get there and I now re­alise I should have be­gun my jour­ney years ago, be­fore the fi­nan­cial re­spon­si­bil­i­ties I now have!

I just wanted to ask your­selves and the wider avi­a­tion com­mu­nity, if there is any fund­ing, or schol­ar­ships, or even any ad­vice cen­tres that are geared to­wards peo­ple in sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tions to my­self? I have searched the web for an­swers but to no avail. I am very driven and de­ter­mined enough to suc­ceed and achieve my am­bi­tions, but fi­nan­cially I just can­not re­alise my dream and I can feel it slip­ping away be­fore I have even re­ally got started. Any ad­vice on this would be grate­fully re­ceived!

Great work on the mag­a­zine guys, I am al­ways wait­ing with bated breath for it to land on the door­mat!

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