Cadet Corporal Harrison Stewart can't imagine being anything other than a pilot.
The Kiama High School student has loved flying since he can remember and has been a member of 338 Squadron at Albion Park Rail for the past two years, working towards his goal of becoming a pilot with the Australian military.
Harrison, 15, was recently awarded a $2500 Air Force Scholarship by the Royal Australian Air Force to help him achieve this goal.
He will put the money towards training as a glider pilot. He has already done five hours of training with an instructor and is planning on hitting the air solo on his next flight.
"It's a bit nerve-racking, but a lot of people have done it before me and if the instructor thinks I can do it, then I can do it," he said.
"Just being in the air is fun, it's really enjoyable and there's nothing I could ever see myself doing apart from flying."
He is planning on applying to the Australian Defence Force once he completes his HSC and thinks having his glider training complete will help in the selection process.
"Gliding teaches you to look out and that's a quality the Defence Force looks for. They don't just want you looking at the controls, they want you to look out and assess the situation itself."
The 338 Squadron is holding an information night on August 28 at 7pm at the Albion Park Regional Airport for young people interested in joining the Air Force Cadets. The unit is also looking to recruit adult instructors.