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TAKING FLIGHT: Steve Bell is looking to join the Air Force, meaning getting his pilot's licence with the Roma Aero Club is a step in the right direction. Photo Tom Gillespie / Western Star
TAKING FLIGHT: Steve Bell is looking to join the Air Force, meaning getting his pilot's licence with the Roma Aero Club is a step in the right direction. Photo Tom Gillespie / Western Star Tom Gillespie

STEVE Bell wants to follow in his grandfather's footsteps as an Air Force pilot, which is why he's looked to the Roma Aero Club to help him get his pilot's licence.

The 26-year-old, who will be applying for the Air Force soon, is close to graduating from flight school thanks to the help of Roma flying instructor Bill Bendall.

Mr Bell's father was a commercial pilot and his grandfather was a pilot in the Air Force, meaning planes have always been a part of his life.

"I've wanted to fly ever since I was 2 or 3 - I used to fly a lot with Dad when he was piloting," he said.

"It's good to get my pilot's licence, because it shows an interest in aviation."

The club is looking for younger members to join, with Mr Bendall saying the rules had now changed as to how young someone could be when they started learning.

"It's in and done - there is now no age restriction with learning to fly, but the age of flying solo has still been set at 15 years," he said.

Mr Bendall, who can count flying doctors and commercial pilots among his 50-60 former pupils, said flying was not as scary as people might think.

"It's well within the reach of anyone who wants to try and wants to put the work in," he said.

"I've had a lot of former pupils go on to become pilots.

"A lot of people on properties do it, because it helps with their job."

Far from scary, Mr Bell said being able to fly was a liberating experience.

"It is quite rewarding - it's got a sense of freedom and when you are up in the air it's quite amazing," he said.

For more information on the Roma Aero Club and how you can get involved, phone Sebastian on 0408019961.

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