23rd September 2003

 

A CHANCE TO TAKE TO THE SKIES

 

“Once you have tasted flight, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned forever skyward, for there you have been, and there you long to return.”

 

So said Leonardo Da Vinci in the late 15th century and, thanks to the Royal Air Force, students and staff from the University of Lincoln are being given the opportunity to ‘taste flight’ for themselves.

 

RAF Cranwell Gliding Club has offered eight free memberships to those interested in taking up the sport at their base near Sleaford.

 

The membership allows students the chance to spend their weekends and bank holidays learning to glide, or furthering their gliding experience, using the fleet of gliders at the club. 

 

Those new to the sport will receive instruction in the two-seater trainer gliders but solo pilots will have access to the single-seater craft.

 

The site offers three modes to get airborne, at varying costs: the winch, which is the most popular and the cheapest at £3.25 per flight; the aerotow, where the glider is towed up by a light aircraft for £15; and motorglider flights for 40p per minute.

 

“We wanted to encourage young people to take up the sport,” said Squadron Leader Peter Kingwill, former Officer In Charge of the club.

 

“Other RAF gliding clubs have links with their local universities so we decided it would be a good idea to try a similar programme.

 

“If the scheme is successful we hope the university will buy its own glider for the students to use, as other universities have done.”

 

If any staff or students would like to find out more, please contact Mike Howitt on 01522 886844.

 

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For more information contact: Gill Noakes, Assistant Press Officer, University of Lincoln, Tel: 01522 886244 or Email: gnoakes@lincoln.ac.uk

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