Since Gewaldo Duimpies was a child, he always dreamt of becoming an Airline Pilot. The thing that you have to know about Gewaldo is that he is not just a dreamer. He is a doer. In order to achieve his dream, he first had to get his Pilot’s license and so he did.
Gewaldo joined the International Flight Training Academy in Beaufort West in May 2017, where he did a course that takes 1 year and 2 months to complete. Gewaldo’s course consisted of 45-hour flight training that combined dual and solo flights under the supervision of a flight instructor. He had to also complete examinations in 8 theoretical subjects and then finally, he had to pass his flight test. In order to pass the flight test, a student must do his solo flight entirely on his own, without the help and assistance of his flight instructor.
Being a hardworking and determined doer, he completed all of this in less than the standard period of time. In fact, it only took Gewaldo a mere 7 months to complete it and he passed it with an overall score of 84.8%.
Gewaldo said he decided to become a pilot because it’s something completely different and very exciting. “I’m not the type of person who can sit in an office all day,” he says. “I’ll go mad, that’s why I decided on a job that challenges me every day and where every new day is a new experience and challenge”. Gewaldo said that flying is an incredible experience. “It’s even better than I thought it would be. I do not regret having chosen this career.”
Gewaldo is grateful to his family, friends and community for rallying behind him. He gave thanks to his parents, saying that he would not have been where he is today without their love and support.” They made many sacrifices to get me to here and for that I will be grateful forever,” says Gewaldo.
Mr. Ronnie Johnson, General Manager of the academy, says that they are very proud of Gewaldo. “Gewaldo is a very pleasant student and it is a pleasure to have him on the base. I see a bright future for him in aviation.”
It will take a few years before he can achieve his dream of becoming an airline pilot, but he is not in a hurry. For now, Gewaldo the doer will build his experience, chase his dream, and never give up.
Source: Die Courier