A JUNIOR flying enthusiast has received a massive boost to his dream of becoming a commercial pilot.
Iluka resident Liam Birch, a member of the Royal Aero Club of WA in Jandakot, was one of four people � and the only West Australian � to receive an Airservices Learn to Fly Scholarship.
Each recipient was granted $7000 to put towards obtaining a private or commercial pilot�s licence.
The 15-year-old said he had always wanted to be a pilot and could not see himself doing anything else.
He said flying A320s for Qantas or working in Britain were among his long-term goals.
�The scholarship will definitely kick-start my journey, relieving the pressure that flying can put on finances,� he said.
�I think my dad was more excited about winning the scholarship than I was.
�He has been paying for my lessons so far.�