An aviation programme for year 13 pupils is continuing to
take off in Mosgiel.
Otago Aero Club Gateway programme co-ordinator Greg Walsh
said the programme was in its third year at the club and it
gave pupils exposure to the aviation industry for two hours a
week, for 10 weeks.
The ''school-funded'' programme included three half-hour
flying lessons in a small aircraft, such as a Cessna 172 or
''They come away from flying with a big grin on their
faces,'' Mr Walsh said.
On the programme, pupils visited aviation companies including
Southair, Helicopters Otago, Dunedin International Airport
and Air New Zealand, he said.
The programme this year had nine year 12 pupils from East
Otago High School, Kavanagh College, King's High School and
Otago Boys' High School.
Otago Aero Club training pilot Andrew Lord said 50 hours was
the minimum flying time needed before sitting the test for a
''But most people don't sit the test until they've got about
55 or 65 [hours].''
Otago Boys' High School pupil Dylan Buttar-Scurr said he had
completed nine hours of flying and he practised taking off
and landing at the programme last week.
Dylan hoped to get his licence before he finished year 13
because he wanted to be a New Zealand Air Force pilot.
''It would be a pretty cool office.''