A Leyland student has been flying high this year with a special achievement.
Eighteen-year-old Bradley Davenport qualified for his private pilot licence this year, after two years of intense exams and practice runs.
Bradley was even awarded as Blackpool’s Westair Flying School’s Student of the Year just before Christmas.
Bradley, who lives in Leyland and is studying A-levels in maths, physics and chemistry at Runshaw College when he is not busy flying, said: “That was the icing on the cake, being awarded Student of the Year.
“My instructor chose me for the award, and it was a great end to a hectic year.
“I’ve always wanted to be a pilot, for as long as I can remember, and I started at the Leyland air cadets when I was 14.
“They promoted me over the years and I’m a sergeant there now, and through that I’ve done leadership courses and a glider scholarship.
“I started working towards my private pilot licence in 2011 after I’d finished my GCSEs.
“I had to do exams in navigation, meteorology and law, as well as skills tests in handling and manoeuvres, and doing solo flights.
“I qualified in August this year, so now I’m working towards doing a night rating qualification, which I’m aiming to get in early 2014.”
Bradley also passed his driving test earlier this year.
The teenager is now looking forward to finishing his A-levels and hopefully getting a place at the Oxford Aviation Academy or the Bournemouth Crew Training Centre within the next couple of years.