MER­RI­FIELD Col­lege pupil Luke Han­ner, 17, re­cently re­ceived his stu­dent pi­lot li­cence from Bor­der Avi­a­tion Club.

“As a lit­tle boy, I al­ways thought that if I had to choose a su­per power, it would be me be­ing able to fly,” said Han­ner.

The grade 11 pupil said his jour­ney to be­com­ing a pi­lot was in­spired by his fa­ther, who is also a pi­lot, and Han­ner has flown with him since he was a young boy.

“My big­gest in­spi­ra­tion would be my fly­ing in­struc­tor Mitch Hill, who shared a quote with me from Leonardo da Vinci that re­ally res­onates with me: ‘For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned sky­wards, for there you have been and there you will long to re­turn’.”

Han­ner said he would use the skills he had gained in his ev­ery­day life. “I learned to be en­thu­si­as­tic and pas­sion­ate about fly­ing,

but the chal­lenge I faced was be­ing able to bal­ance my school work with my pas­sion. It was quite tricky, but I man­aged to pull through,” he said.

“I would like to see my­self com­plet­ing my pri­vate pi­lot li­cence this year, and hope to be cer­ti­fied on a num­ber of dif­fer­ent air­craft. I don't have any as­pi­ra­tion of be­ing a com­mer­cial pi­lot at this stage, but who knows what could hap­pen in the near fu­ture?” said Han­ner.

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UP IN THE AIR: Mer­ri­field Col­lege pupil Luke Han­ner re­ceived his stu­dent pi­lot li­cence at the Bor­der Avi­a­tion Club

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