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Never hesitates ... Always keen to clock up his flying hours is John Sutton of Gore. PHOTO: JENNY DILLNER

This year’s recipient of the Gore Returned and Services Association (RSA) Flying Scholarship is John Sutton, of Gore.

The Air Training Corps (ATC) 28 Squadron Gore cadet is thrilled with being able to spend more time in the air, thanks to the RSA’s involvement.

“I became hooked when I went to my first ATC camp the year before last.

“I try to fly as much as possible, but it is an expensive hobby. Winning this scholarship is going to enable me to get more flying hours,” John (15) said.

When John turns 16 he will be able to go solo, and at 17 he can get a private pilot’s licence.

“My goal is to fly solo. At first it seems pretty scary but it is actually not as complicated as you think.”

The cadetship had helped him in many ways, John said.

“The theory and other activities that we get to do helped me so much for when I actually sat in the cockpit.”

John has logged seven hours of flying and tries to take to the air whenever he can.

“I’d like to become a pilot, and think once I leave school I will work towards getting a private pilot licence and look into a commercial one in the future.”

John joined ATC in April 2016. He loved the camps, activities and leadership opportunities.

RSA manager Steve Brinsdon said the RSA had supported the ATC for many years.

“We are more than happy to support them as they are very good at supporting us,” Mr Brinsdon said.

Gore Aero Club president John Ibbotson said the flying scholarship was really two scholarships, funded by the Gore RSA and the aero club, but they were combined.

“We are more than happy to support the goals and aims of the ATC,” Mr Ibbotson said.

John is the second one in the family to have won the scholarship. His older brother Jared is now an ATC warrant officer.