Market Weighton’s Tim Milner stands out in competition gliding, a sport long dominated by Home Counties’ pilots.
Three times British champion Tim, of Beverley Road, who flies at the Wolds Gliding Club in Pocklington, was a member of the Great Britain Gliding Team which won gold in the World Team Gliding Championships in Rayskala, Finland in 2014. He was recently at the Royal Air Force Club in London’s Picadilly to receive the Royal Aero Club’s prestigious Prince of Wales Cup for most meritorious team performance of 2014. The cup was presented to the team by Civil Aviation Authority Chief Executive Andrew Haines. Receiving the award, Tim said: “Flying over the lakes and forests of Finland was extremely challenging and the result was a reflection of a superb team effort.”
Competition gliding requires pilots to fly courses, often up to 300 miles, passing round a series of fixed points on the map in the fastest times possible choosing routes that make the best use of thermal updrafts to fly higher and faster.
Tim added: “Most of all it needs training, practice and dedication to a sport we love.”
Tim’s success has inspired others at the Wolds Gliding Club and in December Sam Roddie, from Selby, will be joining the British Junior team to compete in the Junior World Junior Championships in Narromine, Australia. Club Chief Flying Instructor John Norman said: “With the minimum age to fly a glider solo now lowered to 14 Tim and Sam are setting a great example to the latest generation of pilots we are training at Pocklington and our young pilots are just as keen to show what Yorkshire’s glider pilots can achieve.”
Visit www.wolds-gliding.com for more information.