Nathan's off to a flying start

PUBLISHED: 09:14 17 July 2008 | UPDATED: 22:05 15 June 2010

A TEENAGER from Honiton is in pole position to embark on a career as a pilot after winning an RAF scholarship.

A TEENAGER from Honiton is in pole position to embark on a career as a pilot after winning an RAF scholarship.Nathan Shawyer, 16, a former Honiton Community College student, was one of 7,000 young people put forward for the prize.After completing a gruelling four-day assessment at the RAF College, Cranwell, he was one of just 40 potential future pilots to gain the scholarship.Nathan, who will be starting his second year of A-level studies at Exeter College in September, is thrilled. As well as receiving £2,000 towards his studies, he is to take part in a two-week leadership course, being held near Inverness, Scotland, later this month."It's fantastic that I've got the scholarship," said Nathan, of Yallop Way."I'm in a much better position to become a pilot because of it."As soon as I am 18, I intend to apply for Initial Officer Training with the RAF."Nathan was nominated for the scholarship by the Armed Forces Careers Centre, in Exeter.A keen member of the 1064 Squadron Air Training Corps in Honiton, Nathan is doing everything he can to ensure he one day joins the RAF."I have just completed one week of flying training at Chivenor," he said. "On the last day of this course, I completed a solo flight. This meant taking off from the runway, doing a full circuit of the airfield and then landing all on my own with no-one's help or input. "I was awarded my silver wings on completion of the solo flight."Nathan is a member of Honiton Running Club and is also a keen photographer.

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