If you're wanting to wing it in Cairns, this is your chance
IF you've got an itch to spread your wings, then the North Queensland Aero Club may be able to help.
The training, charter and scenic flight company is holding a trial introductory flight day at its new base in Mareeba next month, hoping to put the next generation of top guns in the pilot's seat.
Club president Scott Brady said the upcoming event, to be held on February 2, would see first time students spend an hour with an instructor on the day.
"A component of that time is actually getting to fly the aeroplane yourself, so you get a hands-on feel of what it's like to actually fly," Mr Brady said.
He said the club's expansion into Mareeba offered the advantage of better flying conditions during the wet season, compared to Cairns.
"Last year, we lost a significant number of days to weather, so it will allow us to do more training in a drier environment," he said.
"With down here (in Cairns) becoming busier with commercial airlines, it's going to give students more time in the circuit area to do (introductory) training up there."
Mr Brady said the club's Mareeba base would eventually mirror Cairns, with a Cessna 152 and 172 to be initially made available for flight operations on the Tableland.
To book a trial introductory flight, call 4035 9438 or visit nqac.com.au
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Up, up and away: North Queensland Aero Club instructor Aleesha Moroney and president Scott Brady are encouraging people to enter the cockpit. Picture: STEWART McLEAN