Martin Windley

Student Pilot

"What I liked about Gamston immediately was the warm, welcoming and friendly atmosphere."

From an early age I always knew that at some point I would step into the cockpit of an aircraft, it was just a matter of time... My interest and passion for aviation was passed down to me by my Dad; from as early as I can remember he would regularly take me around the major London Airports (where I lived at the time) so we could watch the aircraft arriving and departing - I found it totally fascinating! From there on out it just grew and grew; going to air shows, museums, even down to watching aviation based films and TV shows - if it was anything about aviation I would read/watch it! As for why did I want to become a pilot - it's varied, the 'office' is pretty cool and the views are simply astonishing!

When it came down to selecting a school with which to begin my training, I shortlisted and visited a few. What I liked about Gamston immediately was the warm, welcoming and friendly atmosphere - nothing was too much trouble they took the time to talk to me and answer all of my questions (and there were a few!) in great detail; all of the staff and instructors are extremely knowledgeable, helpful and professional. It was an easy decision for me in the end - Gamston Flying School it was to be. The facilities themselves are great and they have a nice, varied fleet of aircraft. The airfield is surrounded by a mix of controlled and uncontrolled airspace (great for building experience) and has a nice long tarmac runway which is great for year-round flying! The guys also organise regular fly always to other airfields which are a great way to gain different experiences, meet other members and are suitable for students of all levels and licence holders alike - I've personally been on a few now and they're great.

As I write this I am just over 18 hours into my training for my PPL. I have also passed 3 of the required 9 written exams and am in the process of studying for the next 3. I have flown solo in the circuit and am about to embark on some dual (then on to solo) navigation work.

Short term my plans are to complete my PPL and Night Rating by the end of this year (2017). From there I plan to start studying toward my ATPL exams so I can perhaps look at instructing to gain more experience and build hours whilst ultimately working toward my (F)ATPL licence.

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