Ethan Hayward may not want to be a helicopter pilot when he grows up, but he thought sitting in one was pretty cool.
The 10-year-old joined fellow Red Hill Public School students to witness the landing of a navy aircraft on Wednesday morning.
The HMAS Albatross helicopter circled the school grounds at Tolland, before coming to rest on the oval as part of a special presentation to inspire “adventurous” and "fun” careers down the track.
As the rotors kicked-up debris, the whole display stirred excitement and joy from students and adults alike.
Ethan said sitting in the cockpit of the chopper had been fun, but his fear of heights would keep him from ever sitting at the controls when it was in the air.
Lieutenant Michael Wiseniewski – of the 723 Helicopter Squadron – said he hoped to be meeting military pilots of the future.
“It’s a bit of an adventure and a challenge,” Lte Wiseniewski said.
“And the people you work with are tremendous.”