Captain Angela Sargent/Comox Cadet Flying Training Centre First Glider Solo – Cadet Nicholas Lourens is congratulated by his instructor Lyra Hindricks.

Not too young to take flight

Nicholas Lourens can’t drive a car, but can pilot a plane solo

Shuswap air cadet Nicholas Lourens was greeted with excited applause when he landed his glider at Comox Cadet Flying training Centre after his first solo flight.

He is the first cadet on this year’s glider pilot course to complete a solo flight and he is the second youngest cadet by one day.

Lourens, 15, has been a member of 222 Shuswap Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron for almost four years. He wanted to pilot a plane since he was three-years-old, which is why he joined cadets.

He face is flushed with pride and excitement as he completes the inevitable paperwork and hands it over to his proud instructor. Civilian instructor Lyra Hindrichs understands his elation – she was a cadet here not so long ago and has carefully coached Lourens in his training.

Lourens was happy to fly the glider on his own.

“I felt so excited. I have been looking forward to this day since I was three. It was nice not having someone looking over your shoulder,” he grins. “I could look around… sightsee a bit.”

He looks inward for a moment and says, “There is something inside me. I just gotta fly!”

At 15, Lourens is not eligible for a driver’s license but by the end of this summer he is hoping to have earned his glider pilot licence.

There are 24 cadets currently undergoing training for a glider pilot licence at the Comox Cadet Flying training Centre.

Just Posted

Salmon Arm artists spread paint at home and abroad

Rebecca Shepherd and Roxi Hermsen apply experience to local mural painting business

Cherries ripening for the picking in Salmon Arm

U-pick owner says it’s not all doom and gloom as it might be for some Okanagan growers

Public asked to help monitor CP Rail coal trains passing through Shuswap

Residents are asked to contact rail company if they see trains emitting coal dust

Highway 1 reopens following vehicle fire west of Chase

The Highway has reopend to single-lane alternating traffic, delays are expected due to congestion.

Letter: Better ways for Downtown Salmon Arm businesses to address poverty

Prohibiting sitting or lying down both measures designed to make poverty invisible and criminal

VIDEO: Okanagan Valley weekday weather update

Environment Canada says it’s going to be a rainy week

B.C. man dies from rabies after contact with Vancouver Island bat

Last known case of human rabies in B.C. was 16 years ago

Crown recommends up to two-year jail term for former Bountiful leader

Crown says sentence range should be 18 months to two years for Bountiful child removal case

B.C.-wide police efforts identify Vancouver Island robbery suspect

Warrant issued for arrest of North Vancouver man for TD Bank robbery

VIDEO: Wolf spotted swimming ashore on northern Vancouver Island

Island wolf population estimated at under 150 in 2008, says VI-Wilds

Our history in picture: What’s under construction?

Is this the Royal Bank under construction? The decade is the 1970s.… Continue reading

Diversity a Canadian strength, Trudeau says of Trump tweets at congresswomen

Trudeau avoided using Trump’s name when he was asked about the president’s Twitter comments

B.C. couple bring son home from Nigeria after long adoption delay

Kim and Clark Moran of Abbotsford spent almost a year waiting to finalize adoption of Ayo, 3

Most Read