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Coalville Officer Earns Wings

Article posted: Feb 27, 2008 by sl1

An officer from (1188) Coalville Squadron, has been living up to her name this week by qualifying as an elementary pilot on a paraglider.


The First Hop!

Pilot Officer Rebekah Harrison has just returned from a weeklong course at the Joint Service Hang Gliding and Paragliding Centre at Crickhowell in Wales. She accompanied 12 air cadets and another staff member from all over the country on a weeklong adventure-training course. The purpose of the course is to build confidence, make friends, develop fitness, overcome challenges and develop moral courage. All essential skills for a service career. It certainly did all of those. It takes quite a lot of courage to launch the paraglider and run off the edge of a slope and it is hard work climbing back up the hill after the flight.


Launching

As well as the paragliding there was mountain biking and a high ropes course and some time to relax at the bowling alley.

This is the second year in a row that Pilot Officer Harrison has been paragliding but last year the weather was not good enough to qualify. To be awarded elementary pilot status by the British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association the students must learn to handle the glider on the ground, how to launch the glider, steer it in flight and land safely into wind as well as pass a written theory test. The students must make 12 successful flights to gain their certificate and badge.

Pilot Officer Harrison said” It was an amazing experience, I was nervous just before my first flight but the more flights I did the more enjoyable it became. I am really pleased to have been awarded my elementary pilot award, we were very fortunate to get three good flying days especially at this time of year. ”