Another successful course week at Devon and Somerset Gliding Club

PUBLISHED: 18:05 10 September 2018

Andrew Darke and Doug Gage, being congratulated by Devon and Somerset Gliding Club instructor Peter Field. Picture CONTRIBUTED

Andrew Darke and Doug Gage, being congratulated by Devon and Somerset Gliding Club instructor Peter Field. Picture CONTRIBUTED


The last Devon and Somerset Gliding Club course of the soaring season made the very best of the weather opportunities, writes Jill Harmer.

Congratulations to Andrew Darke and Doug Gage for their solo flights on the last day of the September course at North Hill.

Long time friends Andrew and Doug have taken gliding courses at Long Mynd in Shropshire for the last three years for an opportunity to have a catch up.

This year they decided to sample the delights of the Devon countryside by booking a course with us at the Devon and Somerset Gliding Club.

Andrew is a retired BA Concorde pilot and Doug a retired 777 captain, and after the usual conversions from power planes to gliders they both enjoyed some gorgeous Devon weather for their first solos in a glider.

Congratulations, also, to Andy Davey, who achieved his Silver Duration badge by flying for five hours in the local area of North Hill.

The other course members Emma Kendall from Exeter, local auctioneer Richard Copus, and Rob Rankin from Hong Kong all made good progress with their personal training objectives.

Course dates for 2019 will be announced in the new year, but try gliding by starting with a trial lesson.

Find out about trial lessons at Devon and Somerset Gliding Club, purchase and book online by visiting our website at

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