Chris Taylor Scoops Matt Hall Scholarship
Chris Taylor from the Queensland Australian Aerobatic Club Chapter has been awarded the 2015 Matt Hall Scholarship for his commitment, participation and performance in aerobatic competitions. Taylor was selected from an outstanding list of candidates and wins a day’s tuition with Hall, including an hour’s dual flight with Matt in the Matt Hall Racing team’s Extra 300L.
Last year was Taylor’s best year in aerobatics and competing in the sportsman category he won the Queensland and NSW titles, was second in the Victorian championships and placed fourth at the Nationals.
Born in Millmerran and raised on a farm in SE Qld, Taylor’s first flight was in the back of a C182 with his neighbour when he was 10-yrs-old. He then worked hard through his teens to build his hours flying and obtained a job with Boeing training alongside the Air Force as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer to get a foot inside the aviation industry.
At 19 Taylor joined the Reserves and deployed a few years later, peace keeping with the infantry. This deployment experience with his aviation maintenance and flying background made him a prime candidate to move within Boeing to flying Unmanned Aircraft and since then he has had a very successful career in that field.
“Chris’ story really resonated with me and I saw a lot of similarities in what he has achieved and what I tried to achieve when I was younger,” Hall, Australia’s only pilot in the Red Bull Air Race, said. “He is obviously improving as a pilot and an aerobatic competitor and his goal to one day fly in the unlimited category is certainly not out of his reach.”