Xavier Catholic College Ballina student Daniel Braid is hoping to be flying fighter jets after being accepted into the Australian Defence Force Academy In Canberra.
Xavier Catholic College Ballina student Daniel Braid is hoping to be flying fighter jets after being accepted into the Australian Defence Force Academy In Canberra.

Daniel gets flying start

XAVIER Catholic College Ballina student Daniel Braid is over the moon after being accepted into the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA).

“I was ecstatic when they told me”, the 18-year-old said. “I screamed out and punched the air.”

“I’d always thought about flying, but it wasn’t until July last year when dad and I went to the Northern Rivers Aero Club in Lismore and I did some flight training that I knew for certain.

“I gained my pilot’s licence, went to the Avalon Air Show in Geelong, and it was there I decided on the RAAF.

“My dream is to fly fighters. But that will depend on how well I do at the ADFA, where I’ll do the pilots course over the next three years.”

The ADFA receives around 2000 applications a year, with only about 200 or so accepted to flight screening at Tamworth. Only 60 to 70 per cent of those are recommended for possible flight training.

“We’re very proud of him,” his father said.



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