Rob Robins has always wanted to learn to fly, but with five kids to feed the former brewery workerís budget would not stretch to lessons and running up the required number of flying hours to get his private pilotís license.
Now at 74, and Rob is at last living his dream. Heís learning to fly.
Rob is fit. Until recently heíd regularly cycle up the winding hills that lie alongside his home town of Christchurch, and a few months ago, he walked the tough Milford Track through New Zealand's Southern Mountains. Yet, itís taken him almost a year to pass the physical tests required before he can start flying lessons.
Thereís also another catch - Rob has been deaf since he was five. This means that he has to learn at an airfield that does not have radio controls.
So in mid-March Rob and his wife Glenis, packed up their camper van and headed to an appointment with a vintage Tiger Moth bi-plane and the isolated Mandeville airfield, near Gore
Robís son , Julian Robins , goes along with a microphone to observe his father's progress
In My Father's Dreams was produced by Julian Robins of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. It airs as part of the international documentary exchange series, Crossing Boundaries.
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