Bishopbriggs youngster takes to the skies to become a pilot

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A schoolboy is hoping to celebrate his 17th birthday by bagging his private pilot’s licence.

High-flying David Mack (16), from Bishopbriggs, has already passed a whole host of tests and racked up over 40 hours of air time in his quest to become a qualified pilot.

He’s turning 17 on August 1 and will then be able to take the final skills test that he needs to achieve his dream.

It will cap a remarkable journey for the Bishopbriggs Academy pupil, who took his first flight just two years ago.

He told the Herald: “It was flying video games that got me started - I’d enjoy touching down again and again. Then I got a flight simulator which I’d play all the time.

“For my 15th birthday my parents got me my first flying lesson at Cumbernauld Flying School.

“As soon as the wheels lifted it just clicked for me and I knew I wanted to be a pilot.”

More on this story in this week’s Herald.

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