YOUNG flyers are embracing the chance to learn to fly locally at the Coffs Harbour Aero Club.
New club president Reynold Peterson is excited about training young people who have dreamed about being pilots since they were kids.
“It’s a great first step for pilots wanting to go into the Air Force,” Mr Peterson said.
“Getting experience in your local community shows that you are keen to make a career of it.”
Aero Club Pilot of the Year, Michael Obberauter, had always wanted to be a pilot and loved the environment and facilities at the club.
“Training in a controlled airspace allows us to get used to what it’s like in city airports, and it’s really laid back and fun here,” Michael said.
Trial instruction flights and the flying school are a great start for young pilots.
“It’s not your aptitude but your attitude that determines your altitude,” Mr Peterson said.