24 01 2010

42. Commerical Airline Pilot personal statement

To fly an aeroplane full of people who have entrusted their souls upon your bare hands would be for me the most fulfilling and satisfying feeling I could ever hope to imagine. Ever since the age of four when I first flew on an aeroplane I have been captivated as to how these behemoths can glide at ease.
My aspiration to learn to pilot aircraft stems from a mounting enthralment of the air transport industry, as well as wanting to comprehend how an aircraft flies the way it does. As Richard Bach writes, “You will begin to touch heaven, Jonathan, in the moment you touch the perfect speed. And that isn’t flying a thousand miles an hour, or a million, or flying at the speed of light. Because any number is a limit, and perfect speed, my son, is being there.â€� (‘Jonathan Livingston Seagull’, 1970). This, I believe, illustrates the exclusive feeling that the prospect to fly an aeroplane professionally will offer me. Currently studying Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) at college, I am naturally intoxicated by technological advancements. I feel that alongside the light-bulb, internet and space shuttle, aircraft are one of the more awe inspiring creations of man.
I have always been an energetic individual taking pride in my extra-curricular achievements. At Ashford High School I was the captain of the school’s cricket team for 3 years as well as an active member of the football team. I also have a devoted interest in swimming, badminton, trampolining, aerobics and weight-training, all of which I am able to regularly participate in at my local gym. In the summer of 2004 I was selected by my high school to participate in a team-building course taught by the British Army for one week. I believe that by having carried out these activities, I have not only developed new skills, but have also gained the ability to work as a leader whilst being able to create an aura of trust and confidence in a cohesive unit.
I consider myself to have a strong personality, whilst also being able to be exceptionally accommodating and understanding. I was selected to be a Prefect at my high school and had been elected several times to give speeches at open evenings in front of prospective students and their parents. From these experiences I learnt to take command of situations and the ability to informatively speak to an audience. I have also mentored younger pupils at the school, helping them to acclimatise to new surroundings.
My mental strength and self-belief were tested when I was diagnosed with cancer in early 2005. Despite losing almost two years of my life due to the treatment and after-effects of chemotherapy, I learned a lot about myself through this time. I forever remained positive and believed in myself to overcome the disease and as a result am a better person. I freshly turned twenty and am taking pleasure in furthering my studies at college. Never before have I been more determined, focused or happier in life than I am right now.
I appreciate that a profession of flying commercial airliners is exceptionally intricate and challenging. I am however ready to put in all the time and effort that is crucial to carry out such a demanding and responsible duty with pride. I look forward to the day that I can begin my career and do what I have always wanted to…fly.

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