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Flixton boy, 16, completes first solo flight
A 16-year-old boy from Flixton has completed his first solo flight – making him one of the youngest people in the country ever to do so.
Although he will not be able to drive until he is 17, Nicholas Moore had his first flying lesson at 13 and was told he had such a natural ability that he would soon become bored flying with an instructor, and was advised to come back at 16 when he was legally old enough.
Having turned 16 in May and had four lessons at City Airport since then, Nicholas completed his first unaccompanied flight last week.
His mum Julia said although she never doubted Nicholas’ ability, she was slightly worried about him flying on his own for the first time, but did not realise he had done so until he’d landed.
“He just came up to me afterwards and said ‘I’ve done it mum’, he was so excited and I was so pleased he’d achieved it,” she said.
Julia said although Nicholas, who will begin a patisserie course at South Trafford College next month, is modest about his achievement, she wants the former Knutsford High School pupil to be an inspiration for others.
“He’s never been that keen on school, he dragged himself through it really, but he’s always been into flying.”
Julia admits lessons are expensive, but Nicholas pays half towards each one through working at his dad’s, David Moore Butchers, on Moorside Road, which he lives above.
He also has a novel way of making money to pay for his lessons – hatching small animals such as chickens, emus and quails and then selling them on.
“He never stops,” Julia joked. “He always knows exactly where he’s going.”
Nicholas must complete 45 hours of lessons before he can take his pilots’ licence, so Julia is unsure if he will manage to do so within a year, but certainly hopes to be one of the youngest qualified pilots ever.
Kay Nugent, General Manager of City Airport & Heliport said, “We’d like to send our congratulations to Nicholas on completing his first solo flight.
“We have an number of flight schools based at City Airport & Heliport and we are thrilled to see more and more people learning to fly. We hope to see Nicholas on the airfield again soon.”
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