IT’S the last lap of Jordan van Eeden’s journey in obtaining his private pilot licence. The 18-year-old Harvest Christian School head boy is yet to complete approximately 30 hours of flying solo in order to be eligible for his private pilot licence. Hard work and determination have been the core values for Jordan, who admits that balancing both his pilot and high school studies has been quite a challenge. But he persevered and completed his eight pilot examinations – which all required a minimum pass mark of 75%.Jordan was born into a family with a passion for flying. His father, Gerhard van Eeden, who is a pilot and Jordan’s instructor, recalls the fond memory of the absolute joy on Jordan’s face, at the age of three, as he held the controls and marvelled at the direction of the plane following the movement with his little hands. “Having my father as my instructor has strengthened our father-son bond as we both have a love for flying,” said Jordan. He recently flew solo for the first time and did three circuits around the Port Elizabeth Airport with an instructor and proceeded to fly on his own. Jordan has earned his wings for flying solo and with the anticipation of completing his flying hours he is undoubtedly aiming for greater heights.