Dylan hits the heights

Dylan Gladstone-Richards.

Dylan Gladstone-Richards.

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THE FIRST solo flight was undertaken by a young pilot last weekend at Leven.

On Saturday March 2 Dylan Gladstone-Richards, 16, of Beverley Road, Driffield took to the skies in a Cessna 152 aircraft.

Dylan has learned to fly alongside his dad, Mark Gladstone, and had his first lesson in September 2011.

While he has ambitions of pursuing a career with the RAF or Royal Navy, Dylan currently studies at Driffield School and is a member of 873 (Driffield) Squadron Air Cadets.

Mark said: “The flight went very well, ending with a nice safe landing.

“All of Dylan’s family are very proud of this achievement.

“Dylan picked up the interest from me at an early age, I have always been interested in aircraft and flying and in my younger days was also a member of 873 Driffield.

“It isn’t as difficult as people may expect, but does require commitment.”

During his training Dylan undertook a rigorous programme of examinations, including air law and meteorology, and will continue to train for his full pilot’s licence.

The flight took place in bright, clear conditions at the Hull Aero Club, Leven, and on the same day Mark had his first solo cross-country flight from Leven to Pickering, taking an hour.

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