Drew earns his wings: schoolboy becomes one of the country’s youngest gliding pilots

Bournemouth Echo: OFF TO A FLYING START: Teenager Drew Giggins, who wants to be a commercial air pilot, with his gliding pilot’s wings OFF TO A FLYING START: Teenager Drew Giggins, who wants to be a commercial air pilot, with his gliding pilot’s wings

A TEENAGER from Broadstone is celebrating after becoming one of the country’s youngest qualified gliding pilots aged 18.

Drew Giggins, who is a member of the 149 Poole Squadron of the Air Cadets, has been awarded his Grade One Wings after completing a two year training course.

It means that Drew, an A-level pupil at Corfe Hills School, is now qualified to provide initial experience flights for younger air cadets, bringing him a step closer to his dream of becoming a commercial air pilot.

Drew is also a Flight Staff Cadet at 622 Volunteer Gliding Squadron, based at Upavon in Wiltshire, and spends alternate weekends with the squadron to continue his gliding training. He said: “I have wanted to be a pilot since I was young and my parents noticed the Air Cadets, which they thought I might be interested in.

“I found that the field craft was fun, as was running around like soldiers, but the whole experience of flying was just something that I enjoyed the most. The 622 Volunteer Gliding Squadron has helped me a lot, giving me advice, and I’ve spoken to somebody there who is a commercial airline pilot, which is what I want to become.”

Squadron Leader Steve Goddard, Officer Commanding of the Gliding Squadron, said: “This is a massive achievement for an 18-year-old cadet.”

He added: “He is a great role model for the younger cadets.”

Anyone who is aged between 14 and 18 who wishes to find out about the three Dorset squadrons can contact Roger Starling on 01929 553822.

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8:28am Wed 5 Feb 14

crispy_pants says...

Well done Drew. I took a weeks course at Swanton Morley in Norfolk back in the sixties when I was in the ATC. I managed to get my three solo circuits, but alas didn't go on any further than that. I really hope you achieve your dream.
Well done Drew. I took a weeks course at Swanton Morley in Norfolk back in the sixties when I was in the ATC. I managed to get my three solo circuits, but alas didn't go on any further than that. I really hope you achieve your dream. crispy_pants
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3:50pm Wed 5 Feb 14

RED on tour says...

May I also add my congratulations. With reference to crispy I also attended RAF Swanton Morley In 1960's gaining qualification to fly gliders. Still remember the pre flight briefs that were drilled into us.
take up slack white......all out white... bye bye stomach....release cable all's well with the world.
At least until we were back on land.
May I also add my congratulations. With reference to crispy I also attended RAF Swanton Morley In 1960's gaining qualification to fly gliders. Still remember the pre flight briefs that were drilled into us. take up slack white......all out white... bye bye stomach....release cable all's well with the world. At least until we were back on land. RED on tour
  • Score: 3

3:53pm Wed 5 Feb 14

skydriver says...

We'll done Drew, there will be a great shortage of commercial pilots in the coming years, I feel one of those positions could become yours , keep at it and keep a look out .again very well done.
We'll done Drew, there will be a great shortage of commercial pilots in the coming years, I feel one of those positions could become yours , keep at it and keep a look out .again very well done. skydriver
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