Having just completed the Initial Officer Training Course at RNZAF Base Woodbourne, Officer Cadet Hayley Vincent will now work towards completing her pilot’s course, which starts in August.
3 July 2017
From a young age, Hayley Vincent knew she wanted to be a pilot in the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF).
Officer Cadet Vincent, 19, who grew up in Rolleston, has just completed the Initial Officer Training Course at RNZAF Base Woodbourne. She will now work towards completing her pilot’s course, which starts in August.
“It has been such a long time that I’ve been working towards wing’s (pilot’s) course. It has always been something far off in the distance. I have heard so much about it and it is now really close. I can’t wait,” she said.
Officer Cadet Vincent and fellow female Officer Cadet Olivia Landau will be the first women to learn in the RNZAF’s new T-6C Texan aircraft, which is used to train all RNZAF pilots.
“The Texan is an amazing aircraft,” Officer Cadet Vincent said. “It will be very interesting to learn to fly on this new platform,” she said.
The best thing so far about joining the Air Force was the people and friendships, she said.
“It is exactly what I thought it would be – the friendships and comradery and the really close bonds that you have with everyone. You become really close to the people you work with.
“To know that my day job, so far, has been about running round in the bush doing various tactical exercises is so different to the average person my age.”