High-flier Jamie can pilot a plane before he can drive a car!

FLYING DAYS: Jamie Tipling with one of the planes he flies.
FLYING DAYS: Jamie Tipling with one of the planes he flies.
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A TEENAGER has hit a new height in his fledgling career after gaining his pilot’s licence.

Jamie Tipling, 17, has gained his licence as he works his way to achieving his dream of becoming a commercial pilot.

The former Sunderland High School student from Silksworth has studied for the qualification through Newcastle Aviation Academy and can now take the controls of a Piper Warrior single piston engine.

He has his sights set on working on airlines run by British Airways and is aiming for a place on its training programme.

Jamie, who is studying at the academy through Newcastle College, said: “My mum and dad have pointed out I can fly a plane before I can drive a car.

“I’ve always had a passion for aircraft and wanted to take up flying.

“It’s been from a young age and I used to be taken to go an see the planes from the airport.”

Jamie has already completed more than 70 hours of flying and 15 hours of solo and is now building on that as part of his studies.

His parents Sharon, 44, who is a housewife, dad Jamie, 47, an accountant, and sister Zoe, 13, who goes to St Anthony’s Girls’ Academy, are delighted he has reached the milestone.

Sharon said: “We feel like we’re on cloud seven and really proud of all he’s achieved.

“He’s worked so hard for it and deserves it.

“We’ve always said you get out of life what you put in and he’s done that 100 per cent.”