It’s the eve of what could be the biggest change in my life tomorrow. I feel like crap, probably because I’m mentally exhausted from thinking about everything over the last few days, and I haven’t been eating well which wouldn’t be helping either. I could be coming down with something, but that’s not going to stop me tomorrow when the start of my foray into the world of Aviation is set to begin. Tomorrow I go down to Australian Wings Academy to sit an ADAPT assessment and then do an introductory flight, with the ultimate goal of gaining a Commercial Pilot License over the next few years.
Let us now wind back the hands of time and set the stage for how this all came to be. My name is Sam Webster and I’m 24 years old at the time of writing this, I have spent almost my entire life since graduating High School in 2008 working in the entertainment industry, predominantly operating my own business Kaleidoscope Lighting for music & theatre. I have always had an interest in flying however and started using Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 as a child, and then on and off since. I never took it seriously though or had the outlook of becoming a Pilot, it was just for fun.
That started to shift a few years ago in 2010 when I thought actually, being a pilot would be a great job! My best mate Tom and I went and had a chat with the friendly and enthusiastic Phil Sweeney from AWA about it all, who got us keen for a future in aviation, however the harsh reality of the costs involved killed that idea pretty fast. Then I spent a few years chasing the snow running snow groomers, before a rush back into the entertainment industry, when a quiet patch typical of that line of work led to researching piloting again and here we are today.
Luckily the Australian Government now cover the entire cost of a CPL (for now) for registered schools and approved students under the VET FEE-HELP scheme, so tomorrow I’m going to sit the ADAPT assessment to see if I meet the criteria. Great. Stressing just a bit as there is not really much you can do to prepare I’m told.
So I figured it would be a good idea to start a blog and document the whole process from zero to CPL and beyond, that way I have a record of everything, and personally I find blogging quite a cathartic process. Maybe it can help other people too who are looking at flying, so I’ll share whatever I can. If you made it this far, thanks for reading and welcome to Decision Speed!