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Soaring first, second & third for 2071 Sqn as Cadets ‘Go Gliding’ …

Article posted: Aug 03, 2011 by Sqn Ldr Pass

Cadets form 2071 (Stamford) Sqn took to the skies over RAF Syerston on Sunday 24th July, enjoying excellent flying conditions.

Cadets Wilkinson & Dawson made a first in their cadet service as they took to the skies for the first time in a Viking Glider of 643 VGS. After safety briefings, weigh in and a brief walk out, the pair were soon airborne and completed their GIC 1 training. All cadets received GIC Certificates for their achievements.

Cadet Wilkinson said of his first ever flight in a Glider “This was my first flight despite being a cadet for some years. I came to RAF Syerston about a year ago but the weather was too poor to fly, so I missed out. However, my experience today has made the wait well worth it! I took control and experienced yaw, pitch & roll and thoroughly enjoyed it”.

Cadet Hewitt-Hulin who also flew at the S&E Midlands Wing Longest Day event, flew for the second time at Syerston, successfully completing his GIC 2, managing to soar on his second launch for 21 minutes.

Cadet Kieran Williams, who has flown 3 times this year, completed his GIC 3 and was recommended by his instructor on the day to apply for a Gliding Scholarship. Cadet Williams said “I really enjoy Gliding and I intend to apply for my Gliding Scholarship as soon as I get back to the Squadron. Completing my GIC 3 has made me more determined to pursue my interest in Gliding and Aviation studies”.

Accompanying adult CI Paul Ferguson said of the visit “It is very encouraging to see the cadets fly and to experience the joys of non-powered flight. They did not stop talking about their individual flights and experiences all the way back to Stamford, which was good to hear. Once again our thanks go to all staff and pilots at 643 VGS for the outstanding reception and flying”.

By CI Paul Ferguson
2071 Sqn Adjutant