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|Title:||Rufforth Club Pilot Beats The Best And Wins Regional Flying Competition|
|Author:||Mike Bond |
|ID & Publication:||20130911028 ~ The-Villager.co.uk |
|Subject:||Events (Regional) |
Mike Bond (aged 70!!!) has won the prestigious ‘Northerns’ a testing flying
competition for experienced glider pilots which recently took place near Thirsk.
The competition was held over a five day period and the 28 competing pilots undertook long distance/ cross country flights across the NE and NW.
Each day the glider pilots would take off and by using thermals, fly great distances cross country and return. Glider pilots can achieve amazing daily distances in excess of 450 Kms, safely and without an engine!. A really ‘green’ sport from which the UK provides most of the worlds champion glider pilots.
Mike lives in Yorkshire and is a member of the gliding club at Rufforth (York Gliding Centre) near York and has been flying from an early age having joined the Air Training Corps, became an instructor, then a jet airline pilot at 40 - then a national gliding champion in 1988.
Giving up gliding due to work, he returned some 20 years later in 2008 and has now challenged and beaten ‘all comers’ for the 2013 Northern Gliding Competition.
Mike has had a varied life as a lorry driver, airline pilot and Man Director of a picture framing business (he is still the national training examiner for the industry).
Mike Bond said ‘Winning the ‘Northerns’ at 70, beating a whole list of much younger pilots gives me much satisfaction. However young people can start flying a glider at 12 years and now go solo at 14 years so I may be up against a few really young ones’ next year !!.
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