Bury St Edmunds teenager Scott Cansdale hits new heights after achieving pilot licence days after 17th birthday
A Bury St Edmunds teenager is on a high this week after being awarded his pilot’s licence just days after his 17th birthday.
Scott Cansdale was told the good news last Friday after undertaking nine exams as well as a minimum of 45 hours flying time, 10 of which had to be solo.
As with driving, 17 is the minimum age that one can secure their pilot’s licence.
“It’s quite a big thing for me personally because I’ve been working towards it for so long but also not many 17-year-olds in the country have their licence so I can’t believe I’ve actually done it,” said Scott, who attended King Edward VI School until last year.
Scott began taking flying lessons at Skyward Flight Training at Rougham Airfield when he was just 12 years old, after becoming interested in the sport while on holiday with his family.
He embarked on his first solo flight less than a year ago.
“It’s great for me because I’ve been putting in the work for quite a while now and it means a lot to me to have reached this stage,” he said.
The ambitious teen is now in the process of applying for CAE Oxford Aviation Academy, where, if accepted, he will begin training next April.
The 18-month course will also see him spend five months flying in Arizona.
“I’ve always wanted to be a commercial pilot so getting into the academy would be a big step on my way there,” he said.
And Scott’s dad Darren, who along with the rest of his family has supported the teen throughout his journey, continues to encourage him to reach for the sky.
“I just think it’s an amazing thing for a young boy – it’s a great achievement that Scott has been looking forward to for a long time,” said Darren. “He has big plans for the future and we’re going to help him get there.”
He added that his son’s determination and skill had played key roles in his son’s flying success.
“It’s been a really good journey. He has obviously had some ups and downs but there’s definitely been more ups – literally,” he said.
“He knows what he is doing and from an early age has always focused on getting to where he wants to be. He’s excelled at it.”