Singapore barely has enough roads for all the supercars and their respective clubs to indulge in, so anyone can be forgiven for assuming that flying around here as a hobby would be a non-starter. But the reality is that there is a sizeable community of passionate aviators who fly in, around, and beyond the region thanks to flying clubs that do everything from offering flying lessons and arranging group trips to organising monthly brunches and trivia nights for its members.
It was because of this social aspect that member Jason Bay chose the WOA Flying Club by WingsOverAsia. “It’s not just an office and a hangar, and it’s a colourful group,” he says.
“One of the participants of a recent trip to Tioman was the guy who used to fly the Starhub blimp 20 years ago. And at the same table was a young man who hadn’t been born during that time. So there’s a huge range of experiences, but love of aviation brings us together.”
“We call it hangar flying,” quips fellow member Roch Hennessy. “We can sit in the hangar and talk about planes for hours over beers. The day you think that because you’ve made thousands of flights, you can take off in any weather or land an overweight plane — that’s when accidents happen. So I’m always looking to talk to people who have more experience and to also teach those who don’t have as much. I love this sharing and giving back.” We speak to five pilots about how they come alive when they take to the skies.
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