Cadet Warrant Officer Myles Webb has just been awarded his solo Glider Pilots flying badge, known as “Wings” or more formally a “Brevet”. Myles, who is a staff cadet on 614 Volunteer Gliding Squadron as well as being the Senior Cadet on 241 Sqn, has been training for the last two years to gain this award,and has qualifiied as a G2 Solo Pilot.
Grade 2 (G2) is the first of the Pilot Grades and on satisfactory completion formally qualifies the Trainee as a Solo Pilot. Training to G2 involves a minimum of 15 hours of flying training post first solo on type, of which 3:30 hours must be solo under supervision. Trainees meeting the Aircrew Training Standard (G2), will have demonstrated suitable standards in Flying Ability, Accuracy, and Airmanship. For the retention of the Grade they must satisfy a three monthly assessment with a Flying Supervisor. At G2, the formal presentation of the Glider Pilot Wings are made. Myles will now be working towards his G1 Badge to enable him to train cadets to fly gliders under his instruction.
This is not the only flying achievement for Myles this year as he has successfully passed both a Flying Scholarship on powered aircraft, and a Navigation Scholarship where he learnt to navigate aircraft on cross country flights. The Sqn OC, Sqn Ldr Godden siad “This is a first for the Sqn to have a cadet reach this standard, and Myles is an excellent example of how the ATC can provide first class flying opportunities and train you as a Pilot to train the next generation of cadets”.