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A LISBURN Air Cadet is one step closer to
fulfilling his dream of becoming a pilot.
Cadet Sergeant Alex Wright-Jones, who is a
member of 817 Lisburn Squadron, Air Training Corps, has just
begun a degree in Aviation Technology at Leeds University. This
will not only develop his knowledge of the science of flight,
but also gain him a private pilot's license.
Alex has been a member of the ATC since
September 2003 and throughout his time with the cadets has had
many opportunities to build his flying experience – a total of
15 hours free flying to date.
Alex flew solo in a motorized glider before
even being able to drive a car. This was completed as part of
his Gliding Scholarship which he has continued to Advanced
"I had to learn to land the Glider in a
crosswind and do steep angled turns. I also had to do a
forty-five minute solo flight consisting of five take-offs and
landings" he explained.
In recent months Alex has attained excellent
results in his A levels at school at Banbridge Academy whilst
his service led to him qualifying for the BTEC Diploma in Public
Services which is equivalent to four extra GCSE's.
817 Lisburn Squadron are currently recruiting energetic young
people with an interest in aviation. For further information,
please contact: Flying Officer Brian Christy RAF VR (T) at email