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Newmarket: Teenager Haydn Jakes achieves life-time ambition of flying solo

09:00 14 April 2014

Haydn Jakes, 17, from Newmarket, who has completed his first solo flight in a plane.

Haydn Jakes, 17, from Newmarket, who has completed his first solo flight in a plane.

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A teenager from Newmarket has finally achieved his dream of flying solo in a plane.

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Haydn (CORR) Jakes, 17, who is an apprentice with Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group, achieved his life-time ambition last week.

He took off from Cambridge International Airport in a Cessna 172 of the Cambridge Aero Club and was in the air for 20 minutes before landing.

Haydn, who attended St Louis Primary School in Newmarket before completing his education in Spain, said: “It was absolutely amazing to be flying without somebody sitting beside me, although the penny didn’t actually drop until I nearly came into land that I was all by myself!

“It really was an amazing experience. I am so grateful to my instructor Michael Skakles and the Cambridge Aero Club for the instruction they have given me.”

Cambridge Aero Club managing director, Terry Holloway, said: “I was thrilled and delighted to be present when Haydn completed his solo and it was an added bonus that our group chief executive officer, Robert Marshall, whose grandfather founded the Cambridge Aero Club in 1929, was also on hand to congratulate Haydn on this fantastic achievement of a first solo.”

He added: “Haydn completed an immaculate circuit and a very good landing and we now look forward to him completing his Private Pilot’s Licence.”

Haydn, who has no pilots in the family, said he had wanted to fly ever since he was little.

“I lived in Spain for nine years and moved out from the age of seven and had family in the UK and travelled quite a lot by plane. It played a major part in my life and I looked into it and got interested I guess.”

Haydn, who is looking to pursue a career in engineering, said one of the targets he needed to meet to achieve his licence was flying solo for at least 10 hours in total. It is possible to fly solo in a plane at the age of 16.

To sponsor Haydn, who is hoping to achieve his licence this summer, contact 07784 330012.

People can also contact Haydn if they would like to take up flying lessons with Cambridge Aero Club, which is owned by Marshall of Cambridge.

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