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Young aviator receives flying scholarship

Year 12 student William Winspear has beaten applicants from around the country to receive a scholarship to study aviation.

The passionate aviator from ACG Strathallan was able to apply for the Kirk Samuel Dakers Memorial Scholarship administered by the Nelson Aviation College after winning Young Eagle of the Year at Auckland Aero Club.

He says his career aspiration is to work at Air New Zealand.

“It’s the best airline in the world – and I will do whatever it takes to get there, by putting in the hard yards at low paying flying jobs. However, if I am flying it won’t feel like work at all!”

William will use the scholarship money – $3,000 – to start his training at the Auckland Aero Club and get a head start on his career.

Flying is in William’s pedigree. His grandfather, also William Winspear, learned to fly in the 1970s at Manukau Flying School, flying the Cherokee 140 and 180; while his father, Tony Winspear, gained his private pilot licence, commercial pilot licence and instructor rating.

ACG Strathallan principal Danny O’Connor said William was a motivated and enthusiastic student who put 100% effort into school life. “It’s wonderful for a student to find and pursue a passion so readily,” he said.

So, what’s the best thing about flying for William?

“Every flight and experience is unique. Nothing is ever the same. You never see the same cloud when you are flying.”