MORLEY Senior High School Year 12 student Andrew Truslove has set his sights on joining the Australian Air Force while continuing his aviation studies.
The Bayswater resident (17) was presented with the Minister’s Aviation Award and a $3000 cheque by Morley MLA Amber-Jade Sanderson on March 21.
Andrew, who has been studying aviation since Year 8, said the funds would help him have more time in a plane.
“With this money, I can fly for about 20 hours up in the air,” he said
“I do the cadets (program) as well and through the cadets, I get a fuel subsidy which means when I go out flying, I can fly about 40 per cent longer on the same amount of money.”
Andrew said the feeling of flying a plane was “good fun”.
“The first time that I went solo, my hands were shaking but coming back down onto the ground, it was an amazing experience,” he said.
“The stuff we cover in class, I find it very interesting and it ties into flying.
“If you do have the opportunity to go flying, definitely take it, it is a lot of fun.”
Once he graduates this year, he hopes to continue to pursue his love for aviation.
“At the moment, I am looking at the Australian Air Force and do my study at the Australian Defence Force Academy – that will be a Bachelor in Aviation,” he said.