New pilot school takes off with students of all ages
THE sky's the limit for a new Gladstone flying school.
Taking off three weeks ago the school has appealed to residents keen to pursue a hobby or career in aviation.
Gladstone resident and chief flying instructor John-Jon Roberts will guide would-be pilots through the extensive course, which includes both theoretical and practical training.
Four students have since enrolled in the program at the new training centre at Gladstone Regional Airport.
"To get closer to their goal of getting their licence, students should be flying every day," Mr Roberts said.
"But aviation is an expensive hobby."
A one-hour lesson costs $280.
The new school will prove convenient for students who previously had to travel to Bundaberg or Rockhampton for flying lessons.
"We have students aged between 15-70 years old at the club. There are definitely no limitations for learning to fly," Mr Roberts said.
Gladstone Aero Club, which works closely with the flying school, has been in discussion with Gladstone Regional Council about plans to build new hangars at the airport.
It's believed the club will use the designated space to run lessons, as well as house its aircraft.
"The group has been actively pursuing to get a flying school in Gladstone for the past 10 years," Mr Roberts said.
Gladstone Airport Corporation CEO Phillip Cash was unable to make comment on the issue before deadline.
The flying school is at Building 7/31 Aerodrome Road, Gladstone. Phone 0408 984 007, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit gftair.com.au.