Derby Grammar School students reach for the sky
For these two Derby Grammar School students, the sky is the limit.
Jack Whaley Baldwin, in Year 12, has been awarded his private pilot's licence, having passed his test in February.
He has been taking flying lessons since the age of 13 and is now qualified to fly any propeller driven aircraft, anywhere in the world... and all before he's old enough to drive a car.
Despite inclement weather conditions on the day of his test, Jack managed to impress the examiner with his skills in flying, route planning, navigation, and communicating with air traffic control.
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Jack has always been interested in aviation and hopes to become a commercial pilot in the future.
Another Derby Grammar School student who has been flying high recently is Matt Edmondson, in Year 13.
Matt has been accepted onto a pilot training course at Oxford Avaition Academy. After acing the two-day assessment process with high scores, Matt will begin his training in Ground School at London Oxford Airport in August.
He follows in the footsteps of fellow student Christopher Williams, who is now a year into the same course.
While Jack and Matt are aiming skyward, Year 11's Joe Cox is planning on falling back to earth.
Joe is fund-raising for his 2014 trip to Tanzania by doing a sponsored sky-dive.
On August 20, Joe will be jumping out of a plane at 13,000ft from the skies above Langar Airfield. He said: "It's something I've always wanted to do. It's a great way of raising money for the Tanzania project."