Teenager pre­pares to get his wings

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - PERTH CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL -

LEARN­ING to drive is a rite of pas­sage but for Year 10 stu­dent Reuben Smith he will go one step fur­ther by fly­ing first.

The 15-year-old en­rolled in Kent Street Se­nior High School’s spe­cial­ist avi­a­tion course in Fe­bru­ary, mov­ing from his home in Esper­ance to do so.

Since begin­ning the course, Reuben has com­pleted three flights in the school’s Cessna 152 and will likely re­ceive his pi­lot’s li­cence be­fore he is el­i­gi­ble to drive.

Reuben said it was very ex­cit­ing to know he had the op­por­tu­nity to be qual­i­fied to op­er­ate an air­craft be­fore he could drive a car.

“Avi­a­tion has been some­thing that has in­ter­ested me for a while and when I found out about the course at Kent Street, I de­cided that I would en­rol in it,” he said.

“The avi­a­tion course has made school far more in­ter­est­ing, given me many new op­por­tu­ni­ties and been very en­joy­able.

“Fly­ing an air­craft is an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence although it is very chal­leng­ing, as an air­craft can be ma­noeu­vred in unique ways that are af­fected by ex­ter­nal in­flu­ences as well.

“I en­joy the free­dom, the fact that you are able to travel in a way not pos­si­ble in other ve­hi­cles.”

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