Youngsters offered chance to take to the skies in free glider flying scheme

November 03 2015

FREE flying scholarships are being offered to youngsters who want to become glider pilots.

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FREE flying scholarships are being offered to youngsters who want to become glider pilots.
The Bristol and Gloucestershire Gliding Club is running the scheme for anyone aged 14-16 who wants to learn to fly the aircraft at its 100-acre airfield in Nympsfield.
Training provided by the 70-year-old club can lead towards a light aircraft pilot’s licence, with lessons to be run from March to September.
Bernard Smyth, the Yate-based spokesman for the club, said the sponsored junior cadet scheme had been operating since 2012, providing free flying training to solo standard.
So far it has had a 100 per cent success rate, with many cadets continuing to higher qualifications once being able to fly solo, including in cross-country and aerobatic flying.
No formal qualifications are required in order to apply for a scholarship, apart from teenagers showing enthusiasm and dedication.
Application forms are available by emailing office@bggc.co.uk and more details about the club and the scheme can be obtained online from www.bggc.co.uk or by phoning 01453 860342.