Congratulations to our newest solo glider pilot at Stratford on Avon Gliding Club, Junior member Jenna D!
We had a tricky start to the day on Sunday with a low cloud base and north-easterly wind so we didn’t get flying properly until the early afternoon.
Once the low overcast lifted and we began flying, senior Stratford instructor Mike C put Jenna through some simulated launch failures and flying skills tests to ensure her readiness.
Mike then authorised Jenna for her first solo flight, in Stratford’s K21 G-CLVU!
Launching on the winch, Jenna climbed to altitude and flew on her own as pilot in command of an aircraft for the first time!
Then, rejoining the circuit, she flew back and performed a perfect landing on ’09’ at Snitterfield.
Jenna was then given a second solo launch for consolidation.
The smile afterwards said it all! 😀
Stratford on Avon Gliding club is a Junior Gliding Centre offering a range of programs and opportunities for young pilots aged 14-26 to take part in sport aviation at discounted cost.
Jenna will now begin to work towards her ‘Bronze’ flying certificate and ultimately her Sailplane Pilot Licence.
Well done Jenna!