Cadet Warrant Officer (CWO) Sam Page, 19, has recently received the accolade of being awarded his Gold Glider Wings, the first set to be issued to any cadet at 1279 (Melton Mowbray) Squadron.
The CWO has previously seen a wealth of aviation success from being awarded a Flying Scholarship through the Royal Air Forces Association and then completing a Silver Wings Gliding Scholarship over the past few years. On completion of his Silver Wings training, the CWO was invited to remain with the team at 644 Volunteer Gliding School (VGS) as a Flight Staff Cadet (FSC) and to begin his Gold Wings Glider Training. The Gold Wings syllabus continues the ground school that the CWO learnt during his Silver Wings Training, a written exam and gliding sorties under instruction. The intense course culminates in five assessed solo sorties.
The CWO has been undertaking his training for almost a year due to training being on hold throughout most of 2020 due to COVID. However, the good news came in September that he was able to recommence gliding with thanks to the hard work of the team at 644 VGS who have worked hard to put in place new ways of training in order to safely enable gliding to resume for the flight staff cadets.
The CWO continues to support the VGS as a Flight Staff Cadet and is now aiming for the next steps in his gliding career that will enable him to pass on his gliding knowledge to other cadets!