621VGS News

News from March 2014

Posted on: March 31st, 2014 by admin

Fg Off Chris Heath-Williams, Sub Lt Rob Harris and CGI Ashton Marshall attended a Gliding Authorisers Course (GLAC) at RAF Cranwell at the weekend.

Completion of the GLAC course allows a B1 category instructor (or above) to be a Duty Instructor. The Duty Instructor runs a days operation on the airfield, authorising everything from flying to vehicle movements.

Well Done!

Posted on: March 24th, 2014 by admin

VGS Conference

621 VGS staff members (Flt Lt Tony Webb, CGI Sarah Hall, Fg Off Derek Kitcher and Flt Lt Andy Rigsby), attended the annual VGS Conference at the weekend.

The weekend brings together the VGS Commanding Officers, Chief Flying Instructors and Technical Officers to be briefed and discuss the future of Air Cadet Gliding.

Posted on: March 17th, 2014 by admin

After starting their courses during the Christmas Course, Cdt Cpl B Bassindale and CWO O Jones completed their Gliding Scholarships at the weekend, both achieving the Solo! Well Done.

CGI Matt Bartlett also completed his AGT during the week at CGS.

Check out these awesome photos by Rick Ingham.

Training

First Solo

Posted on: March 10th, 2014 by admin

621 VGS staff member, CGI Tristan Woolcock, ran the Castle Coombe Half Marathan on Sunday in aid of the SSAFA (the Soldiers, Sailors and Airmens Families Association).

Tristan Completes Half Marathan

He completed the 13 mile run in 2 hours 13 minutes. Well Done!

It’s not to late to donate – visit his fund raising page.

Posted on: March 10th, 2014 by admin

Yes – probably the first uninterrupted weekend of flying this year.

Didn’t look very nice driving to the airfield on Saturday morning, but the MET man said it would clear – and it did! The sun came out to give us a warm day and with five aircraft out of the field, the tasking was achieved successfully. More staff back current, scholarship students progressing, and six GIC’s awarded. We even had time to complete the Air Test on 622 VGS’s aircraft and de-rig one of ours for the engineers to look at. With plenty of staff available, some of the junior staff progressed with their winch training, as well as others continuing through the paperwork mountain in the hanger. Over 70 launches flown – felt more like a summers day, than early spring.

The sun really came out on Sunday and, despite there being limited staff, we had another very productive day! The gliding scholarship students managed are now in the final stages of their scholarships after having quite some time away due to the weather. Another six GIC students completed too as well as the junior staff getting some flying time to move them closer to their goals of becoming pilots and instructors.