An Evandale 16-year-old delivered a first-class present for a first-class mum on Sunday, taking her for a spin in a four-seater plane around the skies of Launceston.
Celebrating his first day in possession of a recreational pilot’s licence, James Nation jetted off from Tasmanian Aero Club near Evandale with an instructor and mum Deenie.
“It was kind of an experience to take up more than two people in a four-seater plane, so I could’ve picked Mum or Dad but since it was Mother’s Day I picked Mum,” James said.
“It was just to simulate having a heavier airplane as it flies differently and controls differently, so that’s part of the reason why Mum came, also because it was Mother’s Day as well so it was a nice gift.”
And how did the gesture go down with Mum?
“It made her day, she had a big smile on her face the whole time.
“It was around half an hour and we just flew around the airport doing circles, taking off, doing an oval and coming back to land, so she was in the back taking photos.”
Despite the grandeur of this year’s gift, the trainee pilot wasn’t at all concerned about setting the bar too high for Mother’s Days to come.
“I reckon I can do something better next year - we can go somewhere else.”