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Nearly 150 visitors take to the skies during Gliding Taster Day

John Hunt (left) and Yorkshire Air Ambulance community fundraiser David Hebden at Wolds Gliding Club last Saturday

John Hunt (left) and Yorkshire Air Ambulance community fundraiser David Hebden at Wolds Gliding Club last Saturday

Visitors to Pocklington’s Wolds Gliding Club last Saturday were flying high after enjoying a winch launched trial lesson flight with a club instructor.

The club held a Gliding Taster Day, which attracted 145 visitors from as far away as Northampton.

Other visitors tried out the club gliding simulator, were able to see other club aircraft in the hangars and discuss gliding with club members.

Wolds Gliding Club’s youngest solo pilot Will Blackburn, 15, took the first launch of the day at 5am as early mist cleared and the sun rose over the Wolds.

The first visitor, Matthew Slater, of Middleton-on-the-Wolds, took off at about 5.20am and the last visitor flew at 6.30am. The day ended with senior pilot Eddie Room, of Pocklington, demonstrating his aerobatic skills and flying the last glider back to the hangar at 6.50pm.

The day raised a total of £200 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance from the club’s pledge of £1 for each visitor and a collection.

Event organiser John Hunt said: “It was fantastic to see the enthusiasm from everybody on the field and in the clubhouse. Our visitors had a great time and it was a great family day out for a lot of people. We have stimulated a lot of interest and I am confident we will gain new members from the day.”

 

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