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My childhood dream was to be an aviator: to fly planes as a commercial pilot.
I am motivated to achieve this so I can honestly say to my beautiful children, that whatever it is they dream of for themselves, they can achieve.
Why crowdfunding (link)
When - in the dogged pursuit of our ambition, goals, dreams and aspirations - all recognised and traditional pathways are blocked or unavailable do we relinquish our destiny and forget about our passion, the thing that drives us to be better; the person we want to be, or do we look outside of the box and fight tooth and nail with unnerring commitment and positivity to achieve them?
I'm working hard with everything I have to achieve my dream and be the man and father I know I can be. In this pursuit I have and will face many challenges - which you can read about here shimodapilot.com, but funding is the present one.
BALPA surveyed a portion of their members and found that 45% of pilots had their parents fund much of their training, 45% used a secured loan and 10% had some form of sponsorship.
I have to find, and fund a pathway that falls outside of those categories. I'm taking the Modular route. Modular training typically costs 70% of integrated training and it allows greater flexibility in terms of location and speed at which you train - enabling me to balance my training with work commitments and to continue to provide attention and security for my family.
Step 1 - PPL
The Private Pilots License - 45 Hours of flying, 2 practical assesments and 9 theory exams.
I am currently working through my PPL, training at Cambrian Flying School based at Swansea airport: It's a wonderful, family run club, that has incredibly experienced instructors and a fantastic fleet of aircraft.
Step 2 - ATPL Theory
14 subjects and exams.
Distance learning course provided by Bristol GroundSchool. Bristol GS is one of the UK's most respected providers of the ATPL theory course.
The cost of completing these two initial steps is £10,000. I am hoping to raise this much so I can complete the longest part of aviation training whilst still providing financial security for my family. I will then be in a position to fund the latter parts of my training through loans.
Reward Scheme - What you will receive.
£5 Contribution - You are part of the Shimoda crew and a believer in possibility - You will receive all my gratitude and a mention on shimodapilot.com
£10 Contribution - You too are in the Shimoda crew, Impossible is nothing to you! - I am eternally grateful for your generosity, you will receive a personal dedication of thanks on Shimoda,
£20 Contribution - The Carbon Neutral Reward! - In your name I will plant 20 deciduous broadleaf trees. They will be planted at cwmtycoed or on the alotted government land we are contracted to plant each year. One tree absorbs nearly 50lb of CO2 each year, each pledger will be offsetting 1000lb of CO2 against their annual footprint. Incidently this is almost exactly the average produced per passenger for a short haul round-trip. Each pledgers annual holiday will be carbon neutral! Once planted (in late winter) I will send a certifiate with location map and the tree species planted in the pledgers name.
£30 Contribution - A heartfelt and personal dedication of gratitude on the contributors page of Shimodapilot.com plus the Impossible is nothing T-shirt. Wear it and be reminded that your dreams are yours for the taking.
£100 Contribution - A special mention on my website and the opportunity to come flying with me.
£200 Contribution - A dedication on the blog, receive monthly email updates on my progress, come flying with me and a Shimoda T-shirt.
£500 Contribution - The Full Package! In return for your incredible generosity you will get; 2 nights accomodation at cwmtycoed Glamping for up to 5 people Plus a flight experience at Cambrianflyingschool.co.uk, the flight will give you incredible views of the gower and the Glampsite so you can wave to your loved ones .Of course, as well you will have a special mention on the website and recieve monthly updates on my progress.
£1000 Contribution - Le Grande Un - You are my Hero!! You will get a 7night stay for up to seven people at a stunning Gite in Brittany, France. The cottage, set in the idylic rural hamlet of Quilly, is beautifully furnished, has a massive garden and comes stocked with wine. On top of this holiday, I will ensure that you receive any flight discount that I am eligible to pass on in the career ahead.
Seperate to this campaign - for anyone interested in investing a larger amount of money in me and my training I am offering a very competitive investment offer. If you would like more information please contact me here.