Hastings District Flying Club awards pilots' achievements

✦ HDFC produces great and respected pilots.


Members of the Hastings District Flying Club (HDFC) attended the Annual Awards and Presentation Dinner in the hangar on Saturday, November 27.


The feat was the highest recorded number of solo flights since the club began teaching professional flying in Port Macquarie in 1958.


"Hastings District Flying Club is celebrating a record breaking number of first solo flights, with more than 22 students being presented their first solo certificate this year.", says Ray Lind, chief flying instructor and club captain since 1990.

"Our students always emerge more mature, disciplined, confident and responsible after they have gained their pilot's certificate," Mr Lind said.


"These characteristics stay with them for life and it sets them apart from others, even if they do not fly professionally. This is a wonderful privilege for every young individual.


"Our goal as a flying school is to produce great and respected pilots. We do this by ensuring total aviation safety and disciplined airmanship through accurate and professional flying training and pilot proficiency days.


"We are second to none among all Recreational Aviation Australia flying schools."



First Solo Achievements


First solos are a pilot's most thrilling and memorable experience. They can now safely fly an aircraft by themselves and have successfully completed a series of emergency procedures in case they have a problem during their solo flight as well as completing the required exams

  1. Connor Warneken 04.12.20,

  2. Jayden Barker 28.1.21,

  3. Sam Kennedy 3.2.21,

  4. Julian Gillmore 8.2.21,

  5. Chai Randive 8.3.21,

  6. Mark Al kinani 8.5.2

  7. Jedd Goggin 10.5.21,

  8. Ollie Taylor 13.5.21,

  9. Naveen Lingaiah 4.6.21,

  10. Max Jambor 3.7.21,

  11. Ivo Smyly 14.7.21,

  12. Solomon Elfar 14.7.21,

  13. Pat McDonnell 18.7.21,

  14. Max Roods 13.8.21,

  15. Luke Goodman 30.8.21,

  16. Matt Horton 30.9.21,

  17. Lloyd Kopecny 6.10.21,

  18. Jett Cherry 8.10. 21,

  19. Brandon Conway 3.11.21,

  20. Chris Doak 17.11.21,

  21. 21.Dawen Shi 24.11.21,

  22. Rob Breskal 25.11.21

Pilot Certificate


12 student pilots achieved their pilot certificate and received their wings that night. They can now proudly call themselves PILOTS.

  1. Steve Schwartz 6.3.21,

  2. Aaron (AJ) Crawford 2.5.21,

  3. Peter Elfar 14.5.21,

  4. Jabyn Beddoe 11.6.21,

  5. Harry Freudenstein 3.7.21,

  6. Jayden Barker 7.7.21,

  7. Sam Kennedy 30.7.21,

  8. Max Jambor 2.8.21,

  9. Lloyd Kopecny 19.10.21

  10. Jedd Goggin 6.11.21

  11. Bodhi Hinchcliffe 7.11.21,

  12. Jacob Dowd 7.11.21.

The flying doesn't stop. Max Roods achieved his pilot certificate on 12th December 2021 and will formally received his wings and certificate at the following awards event.


Passenger Endorsements


9 pilots gained their passenger endorsements. This endorsement gives them the incredible privilege of being able to take passenger up flying with total responsibility for safety and giving them an enjoyable flight over the local area.

  1. Abbey Sheather-Welsh 27.1.21,

  2. Steve Schwartz 23.4.21,

  3. Max Jambor 3.8.21,

  4. Harry Freudenstein 7.8.21,

  5. Jayden Barker 31.8.21,

  6. Sam Kennedy 10.9.21,