Rotherham schoolboy gets his wings aged just 17

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For most 17-year-olds, their birthday brings the chance to jump into a car and get driving.

But for Ryan Forrester it was an opportunity to forego four wheels – and take to the skies.

The Dinnington Comprehensive School sixth form student has obtained his pilot’s licence at the first attempt, despite not yet being able to drive a car.

Ryan has been learning to fly an aeroplane since he was just 14 years old, after he was given a Christmas present for a lesson.

The teenager completed his first solo flight aged 16 and is now he can fly by himself is set to work on getting a private pilot’s licence, which would allow him to take up a passenger.

Ryan, from Gateford, Worksop, is set to study aerospace engineering and work towards becoming a commercial pilot.

He was taught by John Shaw, of Gamston Flying School.

Mum Gaynor said: “He really got into it when he was 14 and he decided to continue. We’re very proud of him. He can fly solo, navigate and plan routes. I was apprehensive when he came to do his solo hours, but he had no problems. He just loves being up in the air.”