Sky's the limit for pilot
PAUL Harrington has a passion for flying and is looking for support to help share the experience with those who want to learn to fly.
The Whitsunday pilot is a part of the North Queensland Gliding Club that hosts not only cadet training but opportunities for people of all experience levels to check out the world from the air.
Mr Harrington was part of the parachute regiment in Britain for four and a half years before becoming a master mariner and dive instructor.
He first jumped out of a plane at age 16 and described himself as a bit of a dare devil.
"Flying to me is something I do to keep me sane," he said.
Mr Harrington is now an air experience instructor with the North Queensland Gliding Club that hosted a combined military training camp last month in Charters Towers.
He took students aged between 15-17 for flights in his AMT 200 Super Ximango 'Buzz' allowing some of them to take hold of the controls and fly the plane themselves.
"I take the kids up for a quick briefing to 2000 feet and then switch the engine off and make them fly the plane," Mr Harrington said. "It gives them the opportunity to fly and put their skills to the test."
The NQGC are looking for support as they would like to purchase a tug for their planes and a two seater glider for training.
Anyone willing to help or who would like information about the club should phone Paul Harrington on 0428 481 355.