TWO Launceston teenagers have realised their dreams after becoming the youngest Tasmanians to win a $2500 scholarship from Recreational Aviation Australia.
The 15-year-old’s said the money will go towards their recreational pilots licence, and were awarded the scholarship after each completing a 1000 word essay about their flying abilities.
James Nation and Will Barber were both close friends from Launceston Church Grammar School, and said the scholarship will help them in their ambitions.
Mr Barber said he hopes to obtain a private pilots licence after completing his recreational pilots licence.
“I’ve always liked flying so I hope one day to get into the (Royal Australian) Air Force,” Mr Barber said.
He said the pair also had to complete three hours of flight training.
Mr Barber said he felt proud to secure the scholarship.
”I’ve been flying for 18 months now, and James started in June last year,” he said.
Mr Nation said he hopes to finish school and go on to obtain his airline transport pilot licence.
The Giving Youth Flight Training Support scholarship is awarded to a number of young aviators each year, and aims to assist young people in their training and develop their aviation knowledge.