“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been and there you will always long to return”.
This is especially true if you have done so from the beautiful island nation of New Zealand. Towering snow-capped peaks, mesmerising fords, breath-taking valleys, luscious paddocks of green and well-defined coastlines are what catches your peripheral vision every single time you call out “Rotate” and the wings lift you off the ground and you see more blue out on the windscreen.
To further enhance this experience, is within the hands of the flight school and I must say the New Zealand Airline Academy does exactly this. Be prepared to enter into a state of euphoria when you couple all of what I said above, with world-class training with some of the best instructors whose knowledge knows no bounds and aircraft equipped with technology, which could even have jetliners flying for their money.
The student hostel Aviator’s Place has you covered with cozy rooms with attached bathrooms, delicious meals, a common study, a snooker-cum-ping pong room and a lifetime of fond memories.
To add to the icing on an already scrumptious cake, are the people behind who transform all of this fantasy into reality. My fellow crew, the staff and the management themselves who truly went the extra mile, made me feel at home and be part of an ever-expanding family.
At last, when all of this is aft of you and you are ready to track back home, you cannot help the choking sensation you feel down your throat when you catch one last glimpse of the academy. These memories will forever be cherished wherever I am.
Don’t think, just Do It and Do It Right!