Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Plane Builder's High Hopes Will Get Kids Flying Again

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Plane Builder's High Hopes Will Get Kids Flying Again

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BACK in the 1990s, students from Ballina High School were lucky enough to be able to build their own aircraft, with help from plane manufacturer Howard Hughes.

He is proud to say that one of those students later co-piloted the first Virgin jet to land at the Ballina-Byron Gateway Airport.

In fact, Mr Hughes is proud of many of his former students.

He once ran a flying school in the hope that some of his students would eventually work for his company, Australian LightWing.

aBut that never, ever happened,a he said.

aInstead they all got these terrific careers with commercial airlines, or the air force.a

Mr Hughes also had a strong partnership with Ballina High School, and that is something he hopes to rekindle in the near future.

This week he gave a tour of his workshop to aeronautical engineering students from Ballina and Alstonville high schools.

aI would love it if the schools would start thinking about building an aircraft again,a Mr Hughes said. …

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