Hastings District Flying Club is celebrating a record breaking number of first solo flights, with more than 22 students being presented their first solo certificate this year.
The feat was the highest recorded number of solo flights since the club began teaching professional flying in Port Macquarie in 1958.
Members attended an awards and presentation dinner on Saturday, November 27.
Ray Lind, chief flying instructor and club captain since 1990, said the club has trained students from Port Macquarie, Wauchope, Kempsey, Taree and Sydney.
"Our students always emerge more mature, disciplined, confident and responsible after they have gained their pilot's certificate," Mr Lind said.
"These characteristics stay with them for life and it sets them apart from others, even if they do not fly professionally. This is a wonderful privilege for every young individual.
"Our goal as a flying school is to produce great and respected pilots. We do this by ensuring total aviation safety and disciplined airmanship through accurate and professional flying training and pilot proficiency days.
"We are second to none among all Recreational Aviation Australia flying schools."
Throughout the year there were 22 first solos, 12 pilot certificates, nine passenger endorsements, three cross country certificates, five pilot conversions.
Oliver Taylor and Cooper Dimon were recognised as the two scholarship winners. Steve Schwartz was named as the student pilot of the year for 2021.
Bruce Dunlop claimed the tile of pilot of the year, while Rod Davison was named flying competition pilot proficiency winner for 2021.
Mark Watson was recognised as most proficient forced landing pilot for 2021 after successfully simulating engine failure despite all instruments being covered.
Bob Needham, who has been a member for 40 years, was crowned as club person of the year 2021.
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