Teenager becomes Britain’s youngest qualified commercial airline pilot

Teenager becomes Britain’s youngest qualified commercial airline pilot

- Seth Van Beek has inked his name in the history book as UK’s youngest qualified commercial pilot

- The 18-year-old successfully completed a R1.6 million (£85,000) flight school course in Greece after his mother sold her three-bedroom home to fund his dream

- Seth Van Beek received his licence from the European Aviation Safety Agency

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At eight years old, Seth Van Beek had the dream of becoming a pilot and through relentless hard work, he has inked his name in the history book as UK’s youngest qualified commercial pilot.

Van Beek received his licence to fly passenger airlines after successfully completing an intensive R1.6 million (£85,000) flight school course in Greece.

Metro UK reports that after 18 months of training and 150 hours in the air, he passed with flying colours.

Van Beek owes his success to his mum Frances, a 42-year-old Zimbabwean native, who had unshakable faith in her son and sold the family's home to fund his dream.

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Frances downsized her three-bedroom Milton Keynes home for a flat to pay for her son’s course.

The teenager, who was top of his class, reveals that he wanted to succeed at all costs to make his mom proud.

The young prodigy believes that he is fortunate to have made it in his dream career because of his mother.

''None of this would have been possible without her, I love her to pieces,'' he said.

His mother, who didn’t have the opportunity to receive a proper education, said she has been overwhelmed by the success story and accomplishment of her son.

''For years I have told him that as long as he has faith and believes in himself, he will be able to achieve anything he sets his mind to. To think he’s the youngest licensed commercial pilot in the UK, it blows me away.''

At 17, he began attending prestigious Mediterranean flight academy, Egnatia Aviation Training College.

Seth was one of 14 students who opted to learn in Greece so he could break the world record.

He practised flying at Kavala International Airport every three months, taking to the skies five times a week during these periods and spending 828 hours studying theory, averaging an exam score of 90.6%.

In September, 2019, he graduated top of his class and received his licence from the European Aviation Safety Agency a month later at age 18, beating a record previously held by Luke Elsworth, who passed aged 19.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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