Ed Gardner, the Doogie Howser of Aviation

Meet Ed Gardner, who just turned 20 years old and is Britain's youngest commercial pilot for Titan Airways:

Holidaymakers flying from Stansted airport since October may have been unaware that the reassuring voice from the cockpit was that of a teenager.

Ed Gardner, who has now turned 20, is believed to be Britain's youngest commercial pilot. [...]

Mr Gardner, from Stebbing, near Great Dunmow, Essex, said: "I started flying at 14 - that is the youngest you have to be to learn. "I flew solo at 16 and got my private pilot's licence on my 17th birthday." My dad never pushed for me to become a pilot but as soon as I said I wanted to do it he was pleased."

Mr Gardner was so keen on flying he was able to pilot an aircraft before he started learning to drive a car.


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