Instructors' Final Landing For 624 Squadron
Published: 30 Nov 2016
Instructors at the 624 Volunteer Gliding Squadron (VGS) took to the skies for one last time, thanks to a grant from the RAF Charitable Trust (RAFCT).
Dedicated to supporting personnel and encouraging air-mindedness, RAFCT Trustees funded a motivational gliding day for the team of four from 624 VGS. The day, held at the Devon and Somerset Gliding Club, served as valuable opportunity to keep instructors motivated and engaged, as well as providing them with the chance to fly a conventional glider.
The 624 flying training unit, based in North Devon, was formed in 1955 and has served thousands of cadets in the Air Training Corps and Combined Cadet Force from across the South West of England. Sadly 624 was one of the Vigilant VGS' identified for closure at the beginning of this year and will officially call it a day in the next few months.
James Flory, 624 Squadron Leader, said: "It has been a challenging time for the VGS community as 624 is one of the units that will be closing. As such, the opportunity to get four instructors flying again was very much appreciated. Everyone had a fantastic day with each person given the opportunity to try a range of new flying experiences, including inverted flight in a glider!
"Each instructor flew three aerotows and then was given experience of a mixture of general handling, thermal soaring and aerobatics. Devon and Somerset Gliding Club provided two very experienced BGA Full Category Instructors to provide top notch instruction. This was particularly useful for two of the staff as, following 624 VGS' closure, they are hoping to transfer across to a Viking VGS to fly conventional gliders. Of the other two staff, one will be transferring to an AEF to convert to a Fly Tutor and the other will be focusing on his university studies before hopefully joining the RAF."