TWENTY-THREE year-old Patrick Avai, from Gulf, took to the air in his first solo flight as he gets closer to his childhood dream of becoming a pilot.
Patrick had only 20 hours total flight-time when he was approved to fly solo in a Cessna 150, last Tuesday.
He is the third PNG student under Paradise International Education Consultancy (PIEC), to complete a Student Pilot Licence.
His father once dreamed of becoming a pilot but never had the chance to fulfill it. That made the young Avai even more determined to become the pilot that his father had once dreamed of.
“They say, to become a pilot, you must be a chemistry, physics, biology, maths A-student. I am not an A-student. I don’t know anything, all I know is computer and boxing,” Patrick said, while recalling how he felt dumb in his previous studies.
He added that his disinterest in going to school when he was in primary and secondary schools often had him not making pass marks and friends constantly made fun of him.
Awaken by his belief that God has set purpose for him, he went the distance and completed Grade 12 in Port Moresby Grammar School in 2010 and attained a diploma at the Institute of Business Studies in 2013.
But his dream of becoming a pilot went on.
Last December, Avai enrolled at the Commercial Pilot License Training at Aeronavigation Academy International (AAI) in Bacolod City, Philippines.
Keen to turn his dream into a reality, he is bound to further his extensive pilot training in the US and apply for Type Rating for Boeing 767.
“To those students, especially the ones who feel they are up to nothing but have that one great dream, keep on hanging on and never surrender. Turn to God and he will answer all your prayers and help you make your dreams come true,” Avai said to encourage other students. The national
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