Fog delays early morning take-off

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IT was a slower than expected takeoff for Air Training Corps (ATC) cadets expecting their first taste of real flying recently.
The cadets, from No. 12 (City of Invercargill) Squadron ATC, were delayed by early morning fog at Invercargill Airport and had to be content with training in the Southern Wings flight simulator until the fog cleared and flying instructor Ryan Hennessy could finally get them skyward.
Twelve cadets aged 13-17, took turns as co-pilots on board a Southern Wings Piper PA28-181 Cherokee four-seater aircraft, each receiving about 20 minutes’ instructed flying during flights between the Invercargill and Gore airports.
It was the first ‘‘stick time’’ for many and something they had been looking forward to all year, pilot officer Mike Buick-Turnbull, who is in charge of the cadets, said.
Not all the cadets were interested in becoming pilots, but most would go on to careers in the defence force or leadership roles elsewhere, he said.
The group currently had 28 cadets and there was ‘‘always room for more’’ students interested in a military career or leadership training.
‘‘They’ve all got that leadership spark, that energy and willingness to give something a go. They also exhibit characteristics of loyalty and integrity.’’
Mr Buick-Turnbull said ATC was a voluntary organisation and leaders appreciated the support given by Southern Wings, who discounted their training fees to make it accessible for the cadets. Í The City of Invercargill ATC Squadron meets every Tuesday at the Invercargill Army Centre, 1 Fox St, 6.30pm-9.15pm. For more information phone Mike Buick-Turnbull, 027 943 3237.

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