When Newbury Air Cadet Alex Hamn was found to be too tall to fly in a Vigilant Glider, Kestrel Gliding Club came flying to the rescue!
Kestrel Gliding Club, who are based at RAF Odiham in Hampshire, is part of the RAF Gliding and Soaring Association. The RAFGSA offers recreational gliding to serving personnel but, from time to time, there are also opportunities for Air cadets to get involved.
Following the news that a Vigilant gliding course was out the question, Alex spent some time gliding on winch launch Viking’s together with a spell at the world famous Lasham Gliding Centre. This in turn led to an application to GAPAN – The Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators – who agreed to sponsor him through a course at Kestrel. One year on and Alex has had an amazing, life changing experience learning to soar in the Hampshire skies as well as learn some other amazing skills along the way.
If you are an Air Cadet and want to take your gliding to the next level, have a look at the GAPAN website or watch the video of Alex’s journey.