Glider display is soaring success

A display by Shropshire's Midland Gliding Club proved a soaring success at Telford Balloon Fiesta, with over 300 youngsters taking the chance to sit in a glider cockpit.

The team from the club, which is based on the Long Mynd, was led by retired airline captain Tim Brunskill, and aimed to promote interest in flying gliders.

Taking centre stage was the smallest single seat glider in the club's fleet, a Russian-built ME7 with a wingspan of 12.4 metres.

Club spokesman Chris Ellis said: "On both days there was a constant queue of youngsters who sat in the cockpit and had the controls explained to them.

"Our photo shows Jared Chohan, 14, from Halesowen, a junior member of the Midland Gliding Club, introducing an even younger lad to the glider. Jared, being 14, is eligible to fly a glider solo which he hopes to achieve in the very near future.

"The team estimate that over the weekend approximately 340 youngsters sat in the cockpit and were shown, in some detail, how to fly a glider.

"Apart from the boys and girls sampling the glider cockpit, the team were kept busy talking to members of the public seeking information on how to take up the sport and the various introductory schemes to start them flying."

More information on the club website www.midlandgliding.club or by phoning 01588650206.




Date: 16 May 2019 | Source: Shropshire Star

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