Scholarship will get Young Eagle in air

Blenheim teenager Adam Baker has been awarded a RNZAC Young Eagles flying scholarship
Blenheim teenager Adam Baker has been awarded a RNZAC Young Eagles flying scholarship

A Blenheim teenager is a step closer to his dream of becoming a pilot after winning one of five nationwide flying scholarships.

Adam Baker, 15, is a member of the Marlborough Aeroclub Young Eagles and was awarded the scholarship at a national Flying New Zealand meeting in Tauranga after writing an essay on what flying meant to him.

The scholarship gave the year 11 Marlborough Boys' College student $2500 worth of flying lessons from the Marlborough Aeroclub.

That should get him about 10 lessons, hopefully enough to see him take his first solo flight, he said.

Adam wanted to learn to fly after his first time on a plane when he was about 5-years-old.

"It's how I got into flying," he said.

"I just enjoyed the feeling of it."

The teen joined the Young Eagles when he was 12 years old and is also a member of the Air Training Corps in Blenheim.

His dream is to join the Air Force when he leaves school and become a pilot, he said.

He hasn't had any flying lessons yet but had been on the "odd flight here and there", he said.

"It's kind of an adrenaline rush, that cool feeling of being above everything," he said.

"It's indescribable, really, that's why I fly."

Being a Young Eagle had taught him about the principles of flight and given him a good idea of the aviation industry, he said.

Marlborough Aeroclub Young Eagles co-ordinator Derek Harding said the club had about 30 Young Eagles aged between nine and 17.

The group was introduced to all aspects of aviation with the idea of fostering an interest in a career in flying.

The Young Eagles club had been running since 1997 and had two flying days a year as well as monthly meetings.

The Marlborough Express