Interview with Rafferty Bradford

We caught up with Rafferty, who recently passed his skills test with us!

How did you get into flying?

I’ve always wanted to be a pilot ever since I was a little boy. Growing up, my mum was an air stewardess for Virgin Atlantic. I spent a lot of time on aircraft going to loads of different places around the world, so I’ve known from a very young age that becoming a pilot is something that I definitely wanted to do. Eventually, after enjoying my PPL license for sometime, I hope to progress onto my commercial license and try to make a living out of doing what I love.

What advice would you give to someone thinking about starting their PPL?

The best advice I can give to someone trying to get their PPL is to just take it at your own pace and don’t worry if you don’t know something – it’s what the instructors are for. Ask questions about anything you’re slightly unsure about and they’ll be willing to help you. Start studying for your exams ASAP – they’re not overbearingly difficult, it’s just if you can spread that workload over a longer period of time, it’s going to be a lot easier for you.

What’s your most memorable moment so far?

My most memorable moments so far are flying around with my flight instructor Darren, laughing and having just an amazing time. It made the whole process of learning to fly a really enjoyable and relaxed experience.

Are there any specific places you are looking forward to flying to?

I’m looking forward to going up there with friends and family and being able to show them what it’s like to fly in a smaller aircraft then they are used to. Another thing I’m looking forward to is going to visit my friends down at uni in Portsmouth. There’s a little airfield not too far from where they live so being able to fly down there and see them.

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