Cadet Marek Prielozny is on cloud 9 having participated in a residential gliding scholarship at RAF Syerston.
At just 17 years old, and with very few places available for the scholarships, Marek was up against some stiff competition to secure his place to represent South West Region. After a thorough sift and medical, he was selected as the lucky candidate and Marek undertook glider training earlier this month.
With the pause in gliding to allow maintenance activity that will prolong the life of the whole fleet and allow a new generation to undertake glider training, this was a welcome return to soaring for not just the Corps, but for Thames Valley Wing and 2120 (Witney) Squadron.
Having achieved the requisite passes and continuous assessments, Marek was even permitted the opportunity to fly solo and has now achieved the new, highly coveted ‘Silver Gliding Wings’, only the second person in the whole Corps since the revised progressive training syllabus was launched in February.
Speaking after the scholarship, Marek said:
“It was amazing to fly a glider and go solo! I don’t even have a provisional driving license yet but I’ve taken to the skies on my own and now I can’t wait to apply for Advanced Glider Training and to be a Flight Staff Cadet at the local Volunteer Gliding Squadron.
The course was hardwork, but I’ve learnt so much and I definitely have the gliding bug now”.
The Chief Flying Instructor, Sqn Ldr Hobson added:
“Marek undertook a good solo without any issues. He took well to the training and was able to improve his skills throughout the week. Marek is recommended for both Advanced Glider Training and the Air Cadet Pilot Scholarship”.
Cadet Prielozny has been at 2120 (Witney) Squadron since 2013 and was chosen as the nominee by OC 2120 due to his commitment, hardwork and loyalty to all things ‘Air Cadet‘.