Which school did you take your PPL with? and how much did you get it for? im going to pay for my own PPL and possibly ATPL (if i win the lottery ) over the course of the next 4 years once im settled into my regiment (do it on free weekends).
I was lucky...I got a RAF flying scholarship whilst I was at school and was sent to Dundee (Tayside Aviation) for 20 free hours of flying training. Then I came back to Jersey to finish my PPL at Jersey Aero Club. But I know a PPL in Jersey costs around Â£6500 now...if you manage to do everything within the 45 hours and pass all ground exams first time. I think a lot of flying clubs are more expensive in the UK due to VAT.
Also, try to fly more than weekends as weather restrictions and booking demands will cause you to miss the occasional weekend of flying...and then skill fade sets in. Take annual leave in blocks of a fotnight and try to fly every day. Make friends with someone who has a PPL locally and try to get in his right-hand seat for some hours, experience, top tips and handy hints.
After passing phase 1 and 2 training, do you choose what career path you follow, or do you get told whether you'll be an armouer/refueller/driver/comms/rigger/marshaller/etc dependly on how you performed during training?
Also, how quickly can you get on a cadre to start career progression and get lance-jack? (as I'm already 25 and would like to get the ball rolling fairly rapidly).
I went from TA sapper to AAC regs. As soon as you get into phase 2 at the mighty wallop your on the basic groundcrew/basic radio user courses, depending on personal preference/your mad skills with a radio you'll be encouraged/allowed to take which ever route you want(sigs/refuel). Best off do both, though you'll need to be downing 10 cans of redbull a day to get through the 7 weeks of bowman I endured.