Hayley set to get her wings
Rolleston’s Hayley Vincent, 19, always knew she wanted to be a pilot in the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF).
Now Officer Cadet Vincent, she has just completed the Initial Officer Training Course at the RNZAF base Woodbourne and will work towards completing her pilot’s course, beginning in August.
‘‘It has been such a long time that I’ve been working towards the wing’s [pilot’s] course. It has always been something far off in the distance. I have heard so much about it and it is now really close. I can’t wait,’’ she said.
Vincent and Officer Cadet Olivia Landau would be the first women to learn in the RNZAF’s new T-6C Texan aircraft, which was used to train all RNZAF pilots.
‘‘The Texan is an amazing aircraft. It will be very interesting to learn to fly on this new platform,’’ she said.
Vincent said the best thing so far about joining the Air Force was the people and friendships.
‘‘It is exactly what I thought it would be – the friendships and camaraderie and the really close bonds that you have with everyone. You become really close to the people you work with.’’
‘‘To know that my day job, so far, has been about running round in the bush doing various tactical exercises is so different to the average person my age.’’