For as long as I can remember, I've been fascinated with flight. It probably started with visits to the Royal International Air Tattoo in Fairford with my Dad when I was young. Over the years I've flown radio controlled gliders and helicopters, and still do when I make the time. When I was a teenager I had a few gliding lessons until I grew too tall for the club's gliders. I also had a few lessons flying a Cessna 152 at Staverton Flying School, but it wasn't long before the funds available to me at the time dried up and I had to stop taking lessons.
In summer 2015 I had to make some difficult decisions which fundamentally affected my family's livelihood. This gave me an opportunity to take a look at life - and in particular the fact that my work / life balance had for too long been skewed rather heavily towards work. It came as quite a shock when I realised that over 15 years had passed since my last flying lesson.