a 6 year old lad getting to see the inside of a Cessna 172 at the Galatea Airfield.
10 years later at age 16 this dream turned into reality, when this young fellow got to fly solo for the first time at the Whakatane Airport. That created the next dream of gaining a "Private Pilots Licence" so he could take his friends and family flying.
Wow! 17 years old and holding a "Private Pilot Licence". Just shows that anyone with dreams and prepared to work towards them, will always create the reality that they desire. All this, worked the same again for this pilot to earn his "Commercial Pilots Licence" and "Instructor Rating".
Started working part-time as a "Flying Instructor" and then got a full time flying job at the Tauranga Aero Club; this is the late eighties.
Skip ahead a few decades to 2012, where the opportunity to set up a flying school at Whakatane Airport showed up.
With the help of other flying instructors, a modern hangar with briefing rooms, flight simulator and five different types of aircraft to take people up in, he now gets to spend his days sharing his passion of flying, by helping others to turn their flying dreams into reality.
Just like this young lad, who is now in his fifties.
The flight simulator screen is over 250 degrees around, which gives the Sim Pilot the feeling of flight, even with the seat fixed to the floor. Plus the simulator can be set up for a large range of aircraft and you can choose to fly from almost anywhere in the world.