Banbury Gliding Club has been able to award an EuroFOX Aviation scholarship to a promising young glider pilot.
It is possible to fly a glider solo at the age of 14. And at 14, Robert Holloway has already been gliding for 18 months.
He is now keen to take the sport further and hopes to pursue a career in aviation.
When Banbury Gliding Club brought its first EuroFOX kit aircraft, manufacturers EuroFOX Aviation offered the club a junior scholarship.
The scholarship consists of 25 flights with an instructor to bring a junior pilot up to or near solo standard.
It also includes an hour’s flight in a motor glider for the candidate to experience cross-country and field landings.
Banbury Gliding Club was one of the first gliding clubs to invest in a EuroFOX, which has helped the club grow and keep its costs down to acceptable levels, especially for junior and younger pilots.
The club has a second injected engine EuroFOX on order, due later this year.
EuroFOX Aviation spokesman Roger Cornwell said: “EuroFOX Aviation is committed to fully supporting the growing fleet of UK glider tugs and has a passion for helping youth into aviation.
“Being our first UK gliding club customer, we were delighted to offer the Banbury Gliding Club the funds to award this scholarship.”
Founded in 1066, Banbury Gliding Club is based at Hinton-in-the-Hedges airfield, and club members range in age from teenagers to retired people.
In his submission to the committee, Robert said: “At the start, the idea of flying was quite exciting and once was up in the air, I felt a sense of freedom, much like nothing I had ever experienced before.”
Find out more about Banbury Gliding club at www.banburygliding.co.uk