Gateway 2020 Justin Smith at Kapiti Aero Club

Gateway student profile – Justin Smith @ Kapiti Aero Club

Justin Smith completed a very interesting Gateway placement with Kapiti Aero Club at Kapiti Coast Airport in Paraparaumu where he does his practical flying lessons.

During 2020 Justin has been doing an Independent Learning Program (ILP) to complete the theory component required to gain his Private Pilots License (PPL).

By the end of 2019 Justin had already completed quite a few hours of practical flight lessons and had proven that he had the necessary discipline, academic ability and work ethic, as well as showing a genuine passion for an aviation career, so we were happy to support his ILP for 2020.

His Gateway placement with Kapiti Aero Club was a natural fit and he worked in the office as well as in the workshop cleaning and preparing aircraft and took part in several specialist training flights. He worked closely with his flight instructor, Scott McPake, and we are very thankful to Scott for helping to facilitate the placement.

Justin has completed all the theory exams for his ILP and will complete the remaining flight time required to get his PPL before he starts his commercial flight training at the Air Hawkes Bay flight academy in 2021.

Justin won the Gateway Trophy for Top Gateway Student, as well as an award for General Excellence across the Curriculum, at the SBC Senior Academic Awards for 2020.