A Pembrokeshire College engineering student is flying high after receiving his Private Pilot’s Licence aged just 17.
Tom Preece, a first year engineering student at the College, isn’t able to drive yet but aged just 16 he took his first solo flight in a two-seater Cessna 150 and soon after qualified to fly a four-seater plane.
In order to obtain his licence Tom had to pass nine written exams, a solo flight landing at two airports, a radio exam and a skills test. Despite passing all this aged just sixteen, Tom had to wait until his seventeenth birthday to be presented with his Private Pilot’s Licence.
Taught by The Haverfordwest School of Flying, Fly Wales, at Withybush Aerodrome Tom, who has already taken family members out for pleasure flights, is hoping to progress to a career as a commercial pilot.
Tom commented: “It’s great being up in a plane. You don’t think about anything else. You just fly.”