Our very own Quality Control Scientist, Emma Whelan, has been taking to the skies with the aim of passing her Private Pilot’s Licence.

Emma, who is no stranger to passing tests with flying colours, is only weeks away from being awarded her Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL) just six months after beginning her flight training.

A graduate from Northumbria University with a degree in Biomedical Science, Emma first got a taste for flying when she joined the University Air Squadron in 2011. She immediately caught the flying bug but was unable to pursue flying lessons at the time. However, in July 2016 Emma re-started her flight training with pilot training and testing specialists PTT Aviation Newcastle and after just six short months will very soon complete her Private Pilot’s License qualifying her to pilot aircraft privately and with non-commercial passengers.

Speaking about her thrill-seeking ways, Emma explained: “Before I re-started my flight training with PTT I hadn’t flown since university – I’d had three years without flying! But it had always been in the back of my mind as something I would like to complete. I have a hectic career and I had just bought a house to renovate, but I struggled to give up the desire to fly. I didn’t have the time or the money to do both the renovation and the flight training so I chose to focus my attention on the flying first – I now have a half-renovated house!”

Whilst completing her training at PTT Aviation Newcastle, Emma woke at 4am most days so she could fit in her flying hours before starting her working day in the lab.

Emma continued “I was worried I may have forgotten the basics but it all came flooding back once I was in the air – you don’t forget. My first solo experiences were a little nerve-wracking but very exciting, I flew around PTT Aviation’s three schools from Newcastle to Leeds to Durham Tees and back to Newcastle. The route involved crossing military airfields, which I’d only done once before so I ensured I stayed clear – I didn’t want to be shot down!”

We’re sure Emma will be a flying success and can’t wait to hear how she gets on with her PPL Skill Test – Good Luck Emma!