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Students reach 3,000 feet thanks to glider donation from Norfolk club

PUBLISHED: 16:05 08 July 2018 | UPDATED: 16:05 08 July 2018

Aviation engineering students Carlo Ladi and Sammie Ashforth, with Norfolk Gliding Club gliding instructor Steve Flowitt-Hill, towing a glider following a flight at Tibenham Airfield. Picture: Stuart Mackay

Aviation engineering students Carlo Ladi and Sammie Ashforth, with Norfolk Gliding Club gliding instructor Steve Flowitt-Hill, towing a glider following a flight at Tibenham Airfield. Picture: Stuart Mackay

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Aviation students in Norwich have taken to the skies in gliders - something that will become a regular treat thanks to a club’s donation.

Aviation engineering student Ellis Wilkinson (front seat) taking off with NCG gliding instructor Steve Flowitt-Hill. Picture: Stuart MackayAviation engineering student Ellis Wilkinson (front seat) taking off with NCG gliding instructor Steve Flowitt-Hill. Picture: Stuart Mackay

The aviation engineering students at City College Norwich (CCN) were given a glider to work on and fly by Norfolk Gliding Club.

Two groups of level two and three students visited Tibenham Airfield for the experience, in a Schleicher ASK 13 and ASK 21 - tandem two-seat training sailplanes.

Each student was accompanied by an instructor from the club, as they were winch launched to 1,200 feet. Some flights reached 3,000 feet.

Mike Hoy, chairman of the club, said their subsidised junior flying schemes helped many youngsters gain their wings.

Norfolk Gliding Club chairman Mike Hoy and City College Norwich students with a gros Astir sailplane similar to the one the club is set to donate to the college. Students from left to right: Ethan Foulger, Elliott Weekley, Ellis Wilkinson, Carlo Ladi, Sammie Ashforth, Ollie Harding-Smith, James Ner, Isaac Foulger, Archie Watson, Owen Hawes, Leo Cairns. PIcture: Stuart MackayNorfolk Gliding Club chairman Mike Hoy and City College Norwich students with a gros Astir sailplane similar to the one the club is set to donate to the college. Students from left to right: Ethan Foulger, Elliott Weekley, Ellis Wilkinson, Carlo Ladi, Sammie Ashforth, Ollie Harding-Smith, James Ner, Isaac Foulger, Archie Watson, Owen Hawes, Leo Cairns. PIcture: Stuart Mackay

“ Our inaugural flying days with CCN were a great success and we look forward to undertaking these more regularly and hopefully more frequently,” he said.

The college will receive a Grob Astir sailplane from the club later this month.

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