Two members of the Dargaville Aeroclub are looking forward to their 16th birthday this year, when they will get their Recreational Pilot Licence and be allowed to fly solo.
Kairos Tahere lives in Auckland but visits his grandparents, who live at the end of the Dargaville Aeroclub runway, most school holidays.
He is currently training for his Private Pilots Licence (PPL) and has done 11 hours of flying.
“I can’t wait until my 16th birthday this year, so I can start my flying solo and the 35 hours required for my PPL.
My long-term dream is to become a commercial pilot for our very own Air New Zealand,” he says.
“I would like to thank Murray Foster for being the best instructor I could have asked for.
“His dedication and passion for the club, passion for flying, patience and experience with me and his many students, makes for the best environment to start and advance your flying skills.”
Fellow member Liam Sandford attends Ruawai College and started flying when he was 11-years-old. He enjoys recreational flying and may look into making flying a career.
“They are both picking it up very well. The younger ones tend to absorb a lot of information easily,” said Dargaville Aeroclub chief flight instructor Murray Foster.