Couch potatoes take to the skies
IT'S hard to believe that just three years ago Aaron Mann and Matthew Elsley's school holidays consisted of getting up late and basically being couch potatoes.
Now they are soaring high after gaining their wings during the last term break.
Twelve months ago the pair, who are members of Coffs Harbour's Air Cadet Squadron, were the recipients of a Royal Australian Air Force Powered Flying Scholarship.
After a year of personal challenges and attending aviation courses throughout NSW Cadet Corporal Aaron Mann and Cadet Corporal Matthew Elsley have now achieved their first solo flights and are well on their way to fulfilling their career aspirations of being aviators.
The 17-year-old Air Force Cadets will receive their solo patch and pin at the next Commanding Officers Parade at Coffs Harbour's Air Force Cadet Squadron.
"It was the most amazing experience and quite daunting knowing that landing safely on the ground depended entirely on me and the decisions I made," CCPL Mann said.
Challenges and experiences like this are on offer to all Coffs Harbour's Air Force Cadets.
As well as powered flying oriented activities the Squadron also has a program of where cadets can learn about fieldcraft, abseiling, firearms, aeromodelling and general service training.
As the Squadron has grown so too has the need to recruit staff - expressions of interest can be directed to Commanding Officer, FLTLT Deborah Hoiles on 0488 492 342.