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Learn To Fly Despite Disabilities

by John M. White |

A young man in the UK dreamed of flying in the RAF (Royal Air Force) but quickly learned that being born with a club foot was a dis-qualifier. After learning of the rejection and with a stomach filled with emptiness young Craig Ryan contemplated his next move. Student Pilot Craig Ryan However, he quickly learned that this particular handicap would not restrict him from flying commercial aircraft, and after a little attitude adjustment decided to pursue a career in general aviation in place of the military. He graduated from college, went to New Zealand to get his ratings and has now returned home hoping to get a job with easyJet flying an Airbus 319. With a Commercial Pilots license with Instrument rating in hand he has applied to the airline is awaiting word as to whether or not he will be accepted. In the meantime he has accumulated some 250 hours of flying time including time in the DAS42 Twin Star and numerous single engine aircraft. It is important for budding pilots to not give up too easily and to continue to pursue their dreams. The truth is that if you want it bad enough and are willing to work hard you can achieve your life's dreams. Young Craig Ryan is proof of that! Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7

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