Lachlan Moloney successfully completes first solo flight in Moree

Lachlan Moloney behind the controls of the Jabiru J170C during his first solo flight.
Lachlan Moloney behind the controls of the Jabiru J170C during his first solo flight.

Jerilderie agricultural student Lachlan Moloney made his first flight as Pilot In Command last week.

At 4.56pm on Friday, June 8, Lachlan lifted the Jabiru J170C into the air off runway 01 at Moree Aerodrome, in perfect calm and overcast weather conditions.

Fred Nolan, chief flying instructor gave Lachlan some advice as he stepped out of the plane.

“The Jabiru will lift off earlier and float longer in the landing without my weight,” he said. 

“See you when you get back ... and it’s your shout!”

Observing the flight walking back to the hangar, Fred added, “it was a perfect landing, just before dark at 5.06pm, he did well”.

Lachlan Moloney all smiles after successfully completing his first solo flight.

Lachlan Moloney all smiles after successfully completing his first solo flight.

Lachlan is working in Moree until September, doing field assignments at Peter and Barb Glennie’s “Norwood” cotton property north of Moree, as part of his agricultural degree.

His father Michael Moloney is also a pilot.

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