High anxiety for aviator Wong

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 25 March, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 25 March, 2006, 12:00am

Actor and pilot Michael Wong Man-tak laments a lack of aviation training facilities and too much bureaucracy in Hong Kong, impeding the development of local aviation professionals.

'I came back to Hong Kong with a commercial pilot's licence from the US,' he says. 'But they don't accept it here. I have to waste another 24 months doing Hong Kong exams.'

Wong and his wife, Janet Ma, recently enrolled their son Kadin (right) in the A+ Pilot Training Class, a workshop for children aged two to six at the Hong Kong Aviation Club in Kowloon City.

The actor also said that he was talking to an aircraft company about providing a plane to support Operation Flying Eagle, a project he started that enables cadets from the Hong Kong Air Cadet Corps to take to the skies.

'I thought it was quite stupid that nobody takes these kids flying,' he said. 'How are you going to keep their dreams alive?'