Callum is flying high after winning competition

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A young apprentice has reached new heights after his team won a UK national radio-controlled model flying competition after only entering for the second time.

Former Lenzie Academy pupil Callum Heirs (18) was project manager of his team from BAE Systems Regional Aircraft at Prestwick at the British Model Flying Association’s 2013 University and School’s Challenge.

They were pitted against 17 other teams from universities and companies across the UK and from one German university.

Callum’s group won the Heavy Lift Challenge which is a demanding six-month competition where teams have to design, manufacture and demonstrate model aircraft, but to relate it as far as possible to the activities and processes that would be used in a full-scale machine.

Callum said: “We all really enjoyed the challenge and feel that it is a great way to test our knowledge and skills, whilst also providing an excellent learning experience.

“It is very satisfying seeing something you have put a lot of time and effort into really take off and being successful.”

The team’s first prize of £250 has been donated to Breast Cancer Care, for whom staff at Regional Aircraft, Prestwick have been raising money over the past few months.

Callum is pictured on the left with his winning team.

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