Wheels and Wings gets kids out of the house and into the sky
BITS AND BOBS: Peter Thomson and Neil Israel inspect the parts of an aircraft at the South Grafton Aerodromes 'Wings and Wheels' showcase on Sunday.
FOR Clarence River flight and training school instructor Andy 'Ski' Sieczkowskis the sky is his domain.
But he loves to share the sky along with his years of experience and knowledge with the young people he teaches.
On Sunday, the South Grafton Aerodrome hosted the Wings and Wheels Showcase and along with displaying his pride and joy Savage Cub, Ski was also on hand to give several trial instructional flights to lucky flying enthusiasts.
"It was a fantastic turnout on the day," Ski said. "I could not tell exact numbers, but there was definitely a fantastic crowd of enthusiasts there.
"I took up two young fellas and an older bloke for some trial instructional flights. It is something that the aerodrome offers by allowing the people to sign up for a trial membership for a short period, and they get three TIF flights.
"It gives them the opportunity to see if aviation is what they want to do."
While the two young blokes appeared hopeful to Ski, he was not too sure about his third flying partner. "I don't know if flying is what that guy wants to be involved in," he laughed. "He came out of it alright but maybe he might prefer a hobby on land or at sea."
"The two younger fellas, while it is probably a bit too early for them to be flying yet, it really gave them an insight into the joys of flying.
"I put my own two sons through flying training when they were fifteen years old and they both now have careers as pilots in the air force.
"I just think it is great to get them into it earlier on in life. To get young people out of the house is a struggle already, but opportunities like this are a great chance to do just that."
TIF flights with Ski was not the only opportunity people had to get into the air on Sunday with several scenic flights operating from the airstrip.
"There was so many other things happening on the day," Ski said. "It was a fantastic event with a huge crowd. We will be back next year."