Josh Matthes, a student at Snowy Mountains Grammar School (SMGS) achieved a personal milestone recently when he went solo for the first time in a Jabiru two seat training aeroplane.
Josh is 15-years-old and has been undergoing flight training with Martin Hughes, the chief flying instructor of Alpine Aviation Australia which operates out of Jindabyne Randall Community Aerodrome.
Josh is also involved in the aviation studies program at SMGS where he benefits from the theory instruction provided by the teaching staff, namely Phil Ryrie.
His father, Jeff Matthes, was present to witness this memorable occasion and both father and son were delighted with the achievement as pilots never forget their first solo flight.
Josh is looking forward to further instruction and more solo flying, with the aim of obtaining his pilot certificate as a step towards a possible career in aviation.
Alpine Aviation Australia operates a Recreational Aviation Australia flying school at Jindabyne Randall Community Aerodrome, offering flying training, endorsements, conversions and flight reviews. Martin Hughes is an ex-RAF jet pilot and flying instructor with over 3,000 hours experience.