Henry makes his first solo flight with Rutland Flying School

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Rutland Flying School has made a teenager’s dream come true.

Sixteen-year-old Henry Simpson has been spending his pocket money on flying lessons and on Saturday he made his first solo flight.

It went without incident and he made a perfect landing - with his proud father among the first to congratulate him.

Although he lives in Essex and there are flying schools closer to home, Henry prefers Rutland because his grandfather was a pilot based at RAF Cottesmore and he has relatives at Barnsdale that he can stay with.

GCSE exams must now take priority, although he is keen to have a career in aviation.

“I’ve wanted to fly for as long as I can remember,” he said.