Children given gift of scenic flight

TO THE SKY: From left, Fly Alexandra pilot Nick Taylor, Bridget Price, 11, community liaison officer Raewyn Cockrane, Emma Borland, 12, front left, and Sarah Taal, 16, at Alexandra Airport yesterday before taking a flight above Alexandra and Clyde.
TO THE SKY: From left, Fly Alexandra pilot Nick Taylor, Bridget Price, 11, community liaison officer Raewyn Cockrane, Emma Borland, 12, front left, and Sarah Taal, 16, at Alexandra Airport yesterday before taking a flight above Alexandra and Clyde.

Eight Alexandra children received a special early Christmas present yesterday when they were taken on a flight above their town and Clyde.

Fly Alexandra pilot Nick Taylor said that with the help of a donation from Commercial and Rural Insurance he was able to give eight children a Christmas present they would not forget.

"It's great to give some children a Christmas present they might never have," Mr Taylor said.

Fly Alexandra pilot Nick Taylor, Bridget Price, 11 and community liaison officer Raewyn Cockrane.
Fly Alexandra pilot Nick Taylor, Bridget Price, 11 and community liaison officer Raewyn Cockrane.

It was also his chance to give back to the community and introduce children to flying, he said.

Mr Taylor flew the Central Otago Flying Club's plane, a Cessna 172.

"They are like a Volkswagen [car] with wings," Mr Taylor said.

Alexandra community liaison officer Raewyn Cockrane said it was the second year in a row the gift of a flight had been offered.

"It's a fun thing to give kids the experience. Without Nick it would not be possible," she said.

Sarah Taal, 16, of Alexandra, who had never been in a plane before, said it was fun to see the sights from the sky.

"You go really far, really fast compared to car travel," Sarah said.

The Southland Times