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UP AND AWAY: 16-year-old Stanmore resident soars through her first solo flight

 Published on: 28th October 2020   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

An A Level student from Stanmore is taking to the skies as she soars through her training to become a commercial pilot and receive her Pilot’s License.

Hetal Mistry, from Stanmore, recently took part in her first solo flight after receiving training at Flight Training London in Elstree aerodrome. 

As a student currently preparing for A Level exams in Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Further Maths, she would not have expected to be a pilot in training, when looking back to where she was a year or so ago.

Hetal said that she did not always know she wanted to be a pilot but in fact considered the idea after taking part in a flight simulator.

She said: “I didn’t know I wanted it as my full career. I did a flight simulator, and everyone was saying how well I did in it.

Hetal started training when she was 15 and said that at first it seemed strange because even now at 16, she nearly has her pilot license before receiving her driving license.

Taking part in her first solo flight in September after it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hetal mentioned that she found it exciting and was not scared.

She said: “It was great fun. Lots of people were asking me if I was scared but I really was not.

“My instructor wouldn’t have let me do it if I wasn’t ready.”

Hetal added that her training is not over yet and still has several exams to go, including her final exam but will go to university before she decides what she wants to do.

She said: “I still want to go to university and do that as well. I do not know what I want to do yet, but being a pilot is definitely an option.

“This training is 45 hours in total and I have done 27 hours so far. I have also thought about becoming an instructor.”

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