Exmouth glider pilot Dark goes solo for first time

PUBLISHED: 10:53 22 May 2014 | UPDATED: 10:53 22 May 2014

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The second course week this year at Devon and Somerset Gliding Club enjoyed five glorious days of sunshine and good flying weather, writes Jill Harmer.

Ed Dark from Exmouth has been flying with DSGC for two years on and off, and he built on that experience and the training he got in DSGC’s five-day course to fly solo in a glider for the first time. Nat Rankin from Exeter also soloed in a glider, prior to him taking up a scholarship to become a commercial pilot. Two other members of the course, John Borland from Minehead and Ray Grice, really enjoyed their introductions to gliding and are joining the club to fly regularly at North Hill.

Wednesday was a very good cross-country flying day and three members - Simon Minson from Chard, Pete Startup from Ottery St Mary, and Phil Morrison from Exmouth - all completed a flight to Salisbury Cathedral and back to North Hill - a distance of 212km with Phil being the fastest in two hours and 35 minutes. John Pursey and Matthew Williamson in a vintage Eagle glider flew to Lasham near Basingstoke, but ran out of thermals and landed in a field on the way back. Many other members flew distances of over 100kms across Devon, Somerset and Dorset.

Meanwhile, preparations for our Open Weekend are proceeding apace.

This Saturday and Sunday (may 24 and 25) the club opens its doors to members of the public, and offers trial lesson flights without pre-booking, on a first come, first served basis. A winch launch and gliding flight of up to 15 minutes is on offer at just £30.

If you are interested in gliding with us at the club then we do have two places available on our June course or join us at our Open Weekend. Visit our website dsgc.co.uk for more details.

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