AVIATION runs through the blood of Tamworth’s Richard Wales and now he’s been rewarded for his dedication with a scholarship trip to the US.
A fourth-year avionics apprentice who works for QantasLink, Richard said he’d been interested in aviation as a career since he was in high school.
“My uncle’s a commercial pilot in China and I’ve always loved electronics and IT,” he said.
Richard now works in the hangar at Tamworth Regional Airport where the base maintenance for the whole QantasLink fleet is done.
The Regional Aviation Association of Australia $5000 Hawker Pacific scholarship goes to a third- or fourth-year apprentice annually.
The $5000 is to be used to attend the Aircraft Electronics Association International Convention and Trade Show held in the USA, which is in Nashville next year.
“It’s a big avionics trade show – like AgQuip for aviation,” Richard said.
“It’s full of aviation gadgets and manufacturers and suppliers showing off their latest gadgets.”
Richard said he wanted to broaden his knowledge and experience in the industry through the convention.
“I want to take some ideas back to base maintenance in Tamworth,” he said.
To win the scholarship, Richard had to submit long-answer questions, resumes, awards and references from his employer and TAFE teacher.
He finishes his apprenticeship in February and the convention and trade show is in March.