Antony Sproull may still describe himself as ''new to
flying'' but last night he returned from a 10-day journey
co-piloting a near-new $2 million Cessna Caravan from Athens,
Greece, to Queenstown.
The 29-year-old ferried the aircraft 20,000km to the resort
on behalf of his father, Air Milford owner Hank Sproull, to
add to the company fleet.
''I don't think it's going to sink in until I've got a lot of
sleep,'' Antony said after landing.
He and Australian pilots Jim Hazelton and Richard Purdy flew
a path from Athens, Rhodes, Luxor, Muscat, Sri Lanka, Cocos
Islands, Broome, Alice Springs, Kempsey and Port Macquarie.
He was then joined by his father Hank for the last leg of the
journey to Queenstown.
Antony, who has been flying for two years, clocked up 68.5
flying hours but said the experience was worth 1000.
There was very little time off on the ground, which, if not
sleeping in airport motels, was mostly spent refuelling and
going through airport protocols.
A day off in the Cocos Islands was a highlight, ''but we
almost paid the price for it because the weather turned [the
When thinking about what could top such an achievement, he
decided it would be to get his commercial flying licence and
fly passengers with his father.