Flying to Faculty


Ben Akhtar is an 18 yr outdated with a distinction.
In November 2013, aged 14 and impressed by his love for the skies and every little thing that flies, Ben certified because the UK’s Youngest Paraglider.

One damp, gray morning, he was struck by a craving to be within the sky quite than on the street. He wanted to flee the repetitive nature of the varsity bus and do the varsity run in another way. What adopted was three years of planning, and an unlimited quantity of negotiation and laborious work, with an incredible end result. Ben flew to highschool.

This yr, simply earlier than leaving faculty for good, Ben lastly achieved his aim, and arrived for classes by Paramotor! He left from dwelling, and flew South over the North Downs and the valley surrounding Oxted, the place he goes to highschool. Flying with a help pilot alongside him for firm, Ben lined round 25 kilometres (15.5 miles), cruising at a mean top of 1,000 toes (304 metres) above floor stage. His faculty run on this explicit morning lasted for 40 minutes.

Ben hopes that his flight can assist to encourage extra individuals, particularly younger individuals, to take to the skies – the flight was filmed by an expert crew with a purpose to assist enhance consciousness of Paramotoring and Paragliding. In addition to inspiring others to fly, Ben is hoping to pursue a lifetime of flight. He’s at the moment learning for his Personal Pilot’s License, in addition to organising a niche yr primarily based round his ardour. He has represented the British Paragliding Workforce, and hopes to proceed representing them in competitions all around the world. Flying to highschool was simply the beginning!
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