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2022 Pilkington Graduate Aerobatic Scholarship Winner Announced

Nathan Hassall - congratulations!

Nathan is a Grade 1 Flight Instructor who has been instructing at Tristar Aviation for eight years. His initial CPL training included a tailwheel endorsement. He completed his initial aerobatic endorsement then spin and aerobatic training endorsements while working as an instructor.

He is currently training students in Multi Engine IFR operations and teaching recreational aerobatics in a Cessna Aerobat.

Nathan has 3000 hours in many types including twins and singles including Cessna Aerobat, Super Decathlon and Citabria.

"I’m really excited to receive this award and get started on it."

The recipient of the scholarship receives:

  • The books:
    • Aerobatics Down Under by David J Pilkington
    • The Basic Aerobatic Manual by William K Kershner.
  • Three hours of ground theory training towards the 1500 ft aerobatic endorsement.
  • Four hours of flying in a Super Decathlon or five hours in a Cessna 152 Aerobat.
(aerobatic sporting enthusiasts at the 2021 Victorian Aerobatic Championships)

I'm sure that the independent selection panel (one of whom is in that photo) wouldn't mind if I shared some of their comments:

"We felt that all unsuccessful applicants should be encouraged to reapply next year and also discussed the fact that several of them should be encouraged to participate in the sport of aerobatics in either a flying or non flying capacity moving forward."

"We believe there are some candidates who are worthy of honourable mention."

The panel whittled them down to a shortlist of two.

Happy Flying

I look forward to flying with Nathan and seeing his future contributions to the sport of aerobatics.

I hope to see you all at the airport or at the Victorian Championships at Tocumwal.

Keep in touch - email David.

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