Jed Wilson, of Rochester, has had a passion for flying since his first journey aloft as a 12-year-old.ELAINE COONEY June 6, 2014 3:10am
Rochester resident Jed Wilson may only be 17, but he is now a qualified pilot.
He received his single engine aircraft pilot’s licence in Shepparton last week which means he can fly without an instructor present.
He will take his father as his first passenger on Sunday and said he felt a bit nervous.
He has been hooked since his first flight, on his 12th birthday.
To gain his licence he had to fly 10 hours solo.
Mr Wilson said his first solo flight was more exciting than getting his licence.
‘‘It was one of those experiences like a dream. You have to pinch yourself.
‘‘Flying is like juggling,’’ he said.
‘‘The hardest part is landing and situational awareness and keeping in contact with other planes around you,’’ he said.
He said accuracy was paramount because mistakes could be disastrous.
Mr Wilson said he made his fair share of mistakes while learning, but never put himself or anyone else in danger.
‘‘It’s really nice to have the opportunity to fly around and enjoy it,’’ he said.
Mr Wilson would like a career in an airline company.
His initial goal is to get into management and one day may become a professional pilot.
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