On bank holiday Monday, 15 year old junior glider pilot Ben L flew his first solo glider flight at Stratford on Avon Gliding Club!
Earlier in the day, Ben flew with senior full-category instructor Allan W in a series of simulated launch failures to ensure he was up to the required high standards of handling and airmanship for solo flight.
Making the grade, Allan briefed and authorised Ben for his first solo in our club K-13 trainer G-DCBW.
Ben flew an excellent first solo flight and landing whereupon he was congratulated on his achievement by mum and dad, his fellow solo junior glider pilots and the rest of the Stratford Gliding club members.
Ben is already studying for his Bronze C exams and is keen to become a cross-country glider pilot.
Well done to 14 year old Ben Edkins who converted on Stratford Gliding Club’s K21 G-CGAG on Sunday.
Ben about to launch in G-CGAG
Ben originally went solo in one of Stratford’s K13 gliders on his 14th birthday in October 2016 and the K21 is his first composite glider. The two-seat K21 acts as a stepping stone to Stratford Gliding Club’s all-composite single seater fleet.
Ben, one of the UK’s youngest solo pilots, had to demonstrate his flying ability and airmanship in the K21 flying with senior instructor Barry K before being cleared for his first solo on type.
Junior glider pilots are able to solo at the age of 14 under EASA regulations but must be 16 before flying solo cross-country. In the mean time, Ben will be able to work towards further single-seat type conversions and his BGA Bronze badge / LAPL(S) licence.
Stratford on Avon Gliding Club for many years utilised a double-decker bus as a ‘control’ vehicle for the airfield. Our second such bus was ‘138’ an ex Plymouth Transport Leyland Atlantean.
The bus system had it’s shortcomings, especially the weight being incompatible with much of the field’s surface and the advent of telemetry signalling meant we no longer needed the height it afforded for signal lamps.