Aviation scholarships help trainee
Wanaka school leaver Nathan Redai, 18, is 80 flying hours into obtaining his commercial pilot’s licence and dreams of working overseas one day.
The former Mt Aspiring College student was one of two inaugural winners of a $3000 scholarship from the Allen Victor Hogan Charitable Trust in January.
He also won the 2016 college $500 aviation prize, sponsored by Peter and Julie Hendriks of Classic Flights.
Emily Tyrell, of Cromwell, also received a Hogan scholarship and is training with the Central Otago Flying Club.
Redai got his solo ticket last year and works three to four days a week as a landscaper as he works for his commercial licence with Classic Flights.
He was grateful
the scholarships because flying fees cost $250 an hour.
‘‘It is so awesome . . . I’ve been to Dunedin a couple of times, to Twizel and just around the area. I am planning more cross-country flights,’’ he said.
Redai hopes to find a flying job within Central Otago.
Hogan intends to provide scholarships again this year to Queenstown Lakes and Central Otago residents aged between 15 and 21.
‘‘It is very pleasing to be keeping track of their progress and seeing that they are carrying out what they said they wished to do in the way of training,’’ he said.
Classic Flights chief instructor Peter Hendriks has supported at least 20 MAC aviation students and guarantees a job for those who complete his courses.
‘‘Young people are our future in aviation,’’ he said.
Wanaka student commercial pilot Nathan Redai.