As TikTok continues to dominate social media as a go-to app for meals suggestions, magnificence suggestions and viral dances, one pilot has determined to make use of the video-sharing platform to doc Northern Eire’s magnificence from the sky.
James Rodgers, aka Pilot.NorthernIreland, has been flying for over 14 years and has been admiring the NI airspace since getting his non-public licence 9 years in the past.
Initially from England, James moved to Northern Eire when he was 18 to check at Queen’s College and shortly discovered a brand new love of Northern Eire from above.
Talking to Belfast Stay, he mentioned: “I simply began placing them up for a little bit of enjoyable at the start after which it began to escalate fairly shortly however for me, it’s nearly sharing one thing that folks suppose is totally inaccessible.
“Folks suppose that they’ll by no means go flying or that they might by no means be a pilot when really, anybody can do it – you don’t must have GCSEs, A-Ranges or go to college to do it.
“I discover it actually motivating sharing the enjoyment I get from flying.”
James was unable to pursue his dream profession as a industrial pilot on account of being colourblind however obtained his non-public licence to show that nothing can cease you pursuing what you’re keen on.
“For me, it’s a method of sharing what I take pleasure in with different individuals, particularly via TikTok. Folks message me on a regular basis asking about flying and who’re genuinely impressed by what I publish which is basically wonderful.
“The enjoyment individuals get from seeing Northern Eire from above is unimaginable and it’s such an important nation to fly over with some stunning surroundings,” he defined.
James’s message field has change into flooded with followers asking him to movie a flight over their hometown or village in addition to landmarks such because the Harland and Wolff cranes and even Maghaberry Jail.
He continued: “Probably the greatest locations I fly over is certainly right down to Newcastle and over the Mournes – that’s the place I’d fly essentially the most and at any time when I take individuals flying, they at all times ask me to take them there.
“Flying over Belfast can be unimaginable.”
Having solely began his account in Could, James has racked up an incredible 44K followers and virtually 700K likes on his TikTok movies and it’s exhibiting no indicators of slowing down.
“It’s simply been loopy – I’m not a giant social media particular person and I’d have been the final particular person to place stuff on TikTok or Instagram however now I adore it and suppose it’s sensible. A lot enjoyable,” he added.
“5 or ten years in the past there wouldn’t be anybody about watching issues such because the chartered flight from Queen’s coming in however now you will have 50 to 100 individuals down to look at these items.
“Another excuse I like to share what I do is that there isn’t at all times loads of info obtainable about what’s going on and lots of people would solely discover these items out via social media reminiscent of my TikTok or Fb teams.”
For anybody eager to observe in James footsteps and take to the skies, he recommends taking the leap and stepping out of your consolation zone.
James mentioned: “The perfect recommendation can be to go right down to a neighborhood flying membership – lots of people sit at dwelling and suppose I’d love to do this however don’t suppose they’ve the chance to do it.
“The aviation scene in Northern Eire is so optimistic and there’s actually a giant following right here which is basically nice.”