Two members of the CCF RAF Section have recently brought great distinction to themselves, their families and to the school’s CCF by being awarded scholarships to further their careers in flying. Cadet Flight Sergeant James Taylor received his award of an Air League Gliding Scholarship on the 20th May from HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Patron of the Air League, and Cadet Sergeant Ian Cheung was presented with his RAF Association Flying Scholarship on the 18th May by the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford.
James Taylor’s prize was given to him at the Air League’s annual awards ceremony at St James’ Palace and during the past two years, as a result of funding secured though the Caroline Trust (a charity which encourages young people and disabled people to fly gliders), a bursary from the Royal Aero Club Trust (which helps young people to improve their flying skills) and the Gliding Scholarship from The Air League, he has now progressed to glider aerobatics, attaining the British Gliding Association/British Aerobatic Association “standard” and “sports” class standards as well as the BAeA pilot proficiency endorsement which allows him to take part in national competitions, the first of which he competed in in September 2013, achieving first in his class and “bronze” overall. It is estimated that James has now completed around 200 flights to date amounting to some 55 hours in the air and is now a Flight Staff Cadet at 644 Volunteer Gliding Squadron at RAF Syerston where the Officer Commanding is Flight Lieutenant Heeral Poria who is a former RAF cadet at Loughborough and who was a qualified gliding instructor at the unit while he was still a pupil at the school.
The accompanying photograph of James with the Duke of Edinburgh was supplied by The Air League.