Students fly in innovative gliding initiative

Scunthorpe students gliding

Students on an engineering course in Scunthorpe are being offered training flights, briefings about the theory of flight, meteorology and navigation, and taking part in airfield operations.

The ‘Aim For The Sky’ initiative is a joint project between Trent Valley Gliding Club in Lincolnshire and North Lindsey College of FE/HE in Scunthorpe is inspiring high-flying engineering technology.

“This project is a superb example of how gliding provides excellent ground work for many careers, not just aviation or aerospace, through engaging opportunities for young people linked to science, technology, engineering and maths,” said Yvonne Elliott, schools and colleges lead for the British Gliding Association.

The ‘Aim for the Sky’ programme will last for two weeks per cohort until June 2019 and see 208 students from the college and local secondary schools access this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

All the sessions will take place at Trent Valley Gliding Club with each student having three free glider flights.

Chairman of Trent Valley Gliding Club, Geoffrey Davey, said, “Having colleges and schools come through the club means we are putting something back into the community and enabling young people to have an introduction into gliding and aviation – something they might never have considered.

“It’s also a great way of showing teamwork and leadership in action at the club, with everyone at the airfield working together.”


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