Search

Win a £100 Amazon voucher in this week’s Recorder

On sale July 3

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

Archant

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.

0 comments

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 15:00
Denise Speight, the founder of Veterans of War, chairman Paul Wood and volunteer Kathy Bowyer at the charity's shop in the Quadrant Arcade, Romford

With a Second World War veteran father and other loved ones having served, the Armed Forces have always been close to Denise Speight’s heart.

Yesterday, 14:00
The Havering Fire Cadets, who are looking for new members to start in September. The group is based at Harold Hill fire station. Picture: Sue Douglas

Learn about community safety and make new friends through an emergency services youth scheme.

Yesterday, 13:40
Youngsters will be performing the Broadway hit, Seussical, based on the books and characters of Dr Seuss, at the Queen's Theatre Hornchurch this weekend

A promise of an amazing colourful production which will leave anyone with a skip in their step awaits those who wish to see the latest show to hit the stage of the Queen’s Theatre.

Yesterday, 12:00
Lucy with Flash the tortoise which has now been found

A “beloved” tortoise has been reunited with its family after escaping through a hole in the garden fence.

Most read news

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Y6 pupils unpack the rice

A school challenged their pupils to become enterprising individuals as they took on the national 90kg Rice Challenge.

Good times with Greenall's!

Good times with Greenall’s, a Great British gin sponsors Great British racing.

Escape to the picturesque sights of Cornwall

Summer is finally here, and what is the number one holiday location in the UK during the warmer months? Cornwall, of course!

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder