Living in the moment: Rob’s journey of discovery

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Living in the moment: Rob’s journey of discovery

July 18, 2019 By Nicholas Christie
AOPA Australia's NICHOLAS CHRISTIE speaks with youth member ROBERT MATTHEWS about how flying saved his life after he fought through personal issues growing up - and how it has led him to want to inspire young people to follow suit.
“Quite frankly, I was probably an undesirable student; I never excelled at school, in fact, my teachers would have agreed that me learning to fly was impossible”, explained ...This content...

“Quite frankly, I was probably an undesirable student; I never excelled at school, in fact, my teachers would have agreed that me learning to fly was impossible”, explained ...

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Nicholas Christie

Nicholas started flying lessons at the age of 13. He holds both Grade 2 (GA) and RAAus Flight Instructor ratings.  Since graduating from Monash University with a Bachelor Business Management (Marketing), he has held various sales, marketing and management positions across a broad range of sectors. Nicholas has written for a variety of aviation magazines in Australia and currently runs his own aviation businesses.  In 2016, Nicholas took on the challenge of building a “slow build” Van’s RV-12, at Tyabb (Victoria) and he has since become an active member of SAAA, AOPA and RAAus.  Nicholas believes that the passion and involvement of people (especially youth) in the aviation community is key to the sector’s future success in Australia and that minimal government regulation will assist in the industry’s continued growth and success.

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