Avi­a­tion schol­ar­ships help trainee

Central Otago Mirror - - FOOD FOR THOUGHT - MAR­JORIE COOK

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

for

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.

NATHAN REDAI

Wanaka stu­dent com­mer­cial pi­lot Nathan Redai.

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