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Teenager, 16, on cloud nine after completing solo flight near Romford

16:14 23 January 2014

Oscar Saggers at the controls of a light aircraft with his instructor James Cook

Oscar Saggers at the controls of a light aircraft with his instructor James Cook

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The sky’s the limit for one teenager who has become one of the youngest people in the country to undertake a solo flight.

James Cook with Oscar Saggers at the airfieldJames Cook with Oscar Saggers at the airfield

Oscar Saggers took to the air at Stapleford Aerodrome, near Romford, on Tuesday – his 16th birthday.

Students must be at least that age to undertake the trial flight.

His achievement came despite the flight being delayed for hours due to heavy fog.

“It was a mixture of excitement and adrenaline really,” said Oscar. “I wasn’t really nervous because I had had enough preparation for it. But there was a lot of adrenaline when I went to do it.”

Oscar joined Stapleford Flying Club in March last year after his Epping-based parents Lisa and Paul, who grew up in Upminster and Romford respectively, bought him a trial flight for Christmas.

“I had always had an interest in aviation and really wanted to do it as a job from a young age,” said Oscar, who has an 11-year-old sister Grace.

“But the trial inspired me to go further with it.”

After his flight, Lisa, 49, said: “I felt absolutely chuffed – we are so proud of him.

“It was quite nerve-wracking to think he was up there on his own, but it was fantastic that he could do it on his birthday.”

His instructor James Cook, 25, said he was “very happy” for the “dedicated” teenager.

Oscar now has a year to work on the other elements of his training before he can achieve his private pilot’s licence aged 17.

He then hopes to attend a training programme to become a commercial pilot.

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