Former graduate of Pirie aviation course shows the 'right stuff'

GRADUATION: Teacher Kim Bennett, centre, congratulates Lauchlin McDonald, left, and Kieran Phillips.
GRADUATION: Teacher Kim Bennett, centre, congratulates Lauchlin McDonald, left, and Kieran Phillips.
STUDENTS: The graduating students comprised Kieran Phillips, left, Seth Raynor, Clayton Agnew, Riley Seidel, Lauchlin McDonald, Charlotte McCarthy, Nori Mullan and Flynn Bullen.

STUDENTS: The graduating students comprised Kieran Phillips, left, Seth Raynor, Clayton Agnew, Riley Seidel, Lauchlin McDonald, Charlotte McCarthy, Nori Mullan and Flynn Bullen.

A former aviation student from Mid North Christian College was flying high at the RAAF Edinburgh Air Show at the weekend.

The student, now a flight-lieutenant in the Royal Australian Air Force, flew one of two Hornet jet fighters that performed a simulated refuelling from an air tanker at the show.

Watching the event was the college's engineering teacher Kim Bennett who said the student had attended the aviation course in 2009-10.

"It was fantastic ... he was taught by John Birrell in engineering and Peter Wyatt for theory. We have had a lot of success stories," he said. The pilot also swooped Port Pirie on Thursday.

Eight students graduated from the latest course including dux Clayton Agnew, 17, who came over from St Mark's College for the studies.

Clayton has already gained an aviation engineering apprenticeship with a company at Alice Springs airport from January next year.

Each graduate did eight hours' flying time.

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