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Students Take Flight with Glider Experience

Students Take Flight with Glider Experience

On Thursday 9 June a group of twenty BACA students experienced gliding first-hand courtesy of Air League who sponsored the free places.  The Air League promotes British Aviation and established the Air Cadets in 1934 with the 'Young Pilots Fund’ that in turn became the Air Cadet Organisation we know today.

The participating students were invited to visit the East Sussex Gliding Club in Ringmer to take part in a flying experience with the aim of giving them an insight into possible careers in aviation and developing an interest in joining Air Cadets.

There was a strange stomach feeling taking off but the best bit was seeing all the sites as you never normally get to see stuff from that high up. It was obviously going to be quiet (as gliders have no engines) but I didn’t expect it to be dead silent! I’d definitely give it 10 out of 10 and am going to look into ways of continuing with what could be my new hobby! Gerry year 9

It was a beautiful warm and clear evening making it perfect gliding conditions.  Student were given an initial briefing before getting into a glider, with the pilot sitting behind taking charge while they were launched by winch.  Once the glider was level the winch fell away leaving the glider to move almost silently and effortlessly. Each participant was given the chance to steer, taking charge of the controls for a brief time and completing a turn, before the pilot took over and landed, all in all just 6 minutes in total.

All students will now be invited to an Air Cadets squadron night to receive a certificate highlighting their achievements and to introduce them to the local Air Cadets group.

“What an amazing opportunity for our students.  We live in a beautiful part of the country and this gave them another opportunity to see that but from a completely different angle. I was impressed with how patient and supportive the group was, cheering each other on take-off and landing, and each with a slight look of awe as they stepped out of the glider.” Miss Silsby, Community Manager

We would like to thank Air League for giving us this amazing opportunity and the team at the East Sussex Gliding Club, Kitson Field, East Sussex who made the experience.

Credit to Gerry in year 9 for taking lots of brilliant photos.