Members of the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, have been meeting young people at Trent Valley Gliding Club in Kirton in Lindsey who are taking part in a pioneering education and aviation partnership.
The ‘Aim for the Sky’ project will see 208 students from North Lindsey College FE/HE experience training flights as glider pilots under instruction, take part in briefings about the theory of flight, meteorology and navigation, and get involved with airfield operations.
Pete Stratten, Chief Executive Officer of the British Gliding Association, said: “This partnership is a superb example of how gliding provides excellent groundwork for many careers, including aviation and aerospace, through engaging opportunities for young people linked to science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
“Gliding is an accessible sport for all and projects like this are a great way of inspiring young people through aviation experiences.”
One of the key aims of the Red Arrows is to inspire people, including by showcasing the importance, and use, of STEM in aviation.
Flight Lieutenant Gregor Ogston, a former Harrier and Typhoon pilot, joins the RAF Red Arrows aerobatic team for the 2019 season as Red 4 and visited Trent Valley Gliding Club with Operations Officer, Flight Lieutenant, Adam Youle, to meet students on the course.
The Aim for the Sky programme will help raise aspirations and enable students to experience aviation from the perspective of pilot, ground crew, technicians and operations, realising the potential of individuals to succeed in an industry discounted by many as impossible. It is funded under the umbrella of the consortia FORCE National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) and will last for two weeks per cohort until June 2019.