A SCHOOLBOY is on top of the world after flying a motorised glider solo.
Nathan Kissoon, 16, of Brooke Street, Rastrick isn’t even old enough to drive a car, but successfully circled the aircraft around the RAF airfield at Linton-on-Ouse.
He said: “When I took off it was really bad because I nearly crashed by pulling the nose too high up and it almost stalled.
“But because of the training I was prepared.
“It was scary for the first couple of times in training but once I got used to it, it was okay.
“I just like flying, it’s one of my hobbies.”
Nathan, a Liverpool FC supporter, also likes to listen to music and meet up with friends.
After researching courses on the internet, he decided to enrol in a part-time training course with 642 Volunteer Gliding Squadron.
The cadet certainly doesn’t have his head in the clouds and aims to join the RAF after his education.
Mum Halie Headley, said Nathan had been interested in planes since he was just a toddler.
She said: “I'm extremely proud of him.
“It’s really great when children as they are growing up know exactly what they want to do.
“He’s worked hard to achieve what he wants.
“When he gets hold of something that he likes he is very motivated.
“As a reward for all his achievements I bought him a guitar and he’s really taken to that too.”
Nathan aims to stay at Rastrick High School and go on to university before joining the RAF.
He’s the only one in his family who has learnt to fly.
His sister Danica, 22, is currently studying to be a nurse at the University of Huddersfield.
Liaison officer Roger Moss said:
“For any person to achieve this is something.
“For someone to be able to fly an aircraft at the age of 16 when they aren’t old enough to drive legally, is very impressive.
“Anyone watching would not fail to be impressed and Nathan was very good.”
The scholarship is available to all Air Cadets who are 16 and over and the free courses run throughout the year.
For more information visit the website www.aircadets.org