Even as young as six years old, Nathan knew he wanted to be a pilot- specifically a fighter pilot in the Royal Australian Air Force.
Nathan had his first flight at the controls of an aircraft at the age of 10 (after borrowing every cushion in the flight school so he could see over the panel) and hasn't looked back since.
Nathan commenced his training in 2011, completing his first solo at 15, and obtaining his recreational licence at the age of 16 - before he was legally allowed to drive a car.
Nathan joined the RAAF in 2014 as a pilot trainee, moving him one step closer to his dream
The accident, and loss of his hand, obviously impacted his ability to fly. There were even doubts that he would ever fly again. Despite this, returning to the air was a rehabilitation goal from day one.
After being fitted with his advanced myoelectric hand, Nathan returned to the air shortly thereafter- only two months after the accident. Nathan went on to successfully regain his licence approximately six months after the bus rollover.
Nathan currently holds a Commercial Pilot Licence with a number of endorsements, in addition to a Multi-Engine Command Instrument Rating. In 2018, Nathan successfully became a recreational flight instructor, and now shares his passion with others as an RA-Aus Senior Instructor at the Northern Rivers Aero Club in Lismore.
In early 2021, Nathan had the incredible honour of being named as the 2020 CASA Wings Awards Young Achiever of the Year.
In May 2020, Nathan achieved his Commercial Pilot Licence - a feat which many people told him would be impossible. This would not have been possible without the assistance of so many people, ranging from family, friends and mentors, through to medical professionals and flight instructors. Check out the video below to learn more!
The Hangar is a Not-For-Profit organisation which delivers youth mentoring and development programs.
These programs aim to empower and educate young people through aviation based activities.
Nathan is proud to be a mentor for The Hangar, and to be able to help make a difference to the lives of others through aviation.
Check out the video and the link below for more information.