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Dartmoor Gliding Society - Brentor and Mary Tavy Scout Group

DARTMOOR GLIDING SOCIETY PRESS RELEASE

(Brentor Airfield, 20th April 2013)    It was 'up, up and away' for members of Brentor and Mary Tavy Scout Group today when they went gliding with their 'neighbours' at Dartmoor Gliding Society. The visit was arranged as part of the Scouts' Air Activities Badge syllabus.

Having spent last Wednesday evening at the club's Brentor Airfield clubhouse being introduced to the 'basics' of gliding, including safety procedures, today they experienced the 'real thing' and between flights helped out with ground operations under the supervision of club instructors and members.

Sitting in the front cockpit of a dual-controlled K7M training glider, with an instructor in the rear seat, each Scout was launched to a height of around 1,000 feet by a powerful winch. Once in free flight, they were given the opportunity to handle the controls and to experience using thermal air currents to achieve prolonged flights high above the local landscape.

Dartmoor Gliding is an accredited Junior Gliding Centre and Instructor Steve Lewis, who flew with the group, said that young would-be pilots are always made welcome and usually pick up the necessary skills very quickly.

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Click below for a photo that shows Brentor and Mary Tavy Scouts on Brentor Airfield. The adults in background (from left) are Rick Wiles (Gliding Club Winchmaster), Steve Lewis (Gliding Instructor), Tracy Williams (Assistant Scout Leader) and Simon Grylls (Scout Leader). 


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