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Gliding Queensland Scholarship

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I’d first of all like to thank the club for the opportunity at the $500 junior scholarship on offer, it is a great opportunity to expand the amazing sport that is gliding to juniors. The Warwick Gliding Club offers excellence facilities and is full of amazing people, best of all we even get to go flying. Since joining the club I would highly recommend gliding as the perfect sport for any aviator particularly juniors as it is by far the best sport that anyone could dream of. In order to gain this scholarship I was asked to write a blog of my gliding experiences, so here goes.

Since starting gliding as a birthday present about six months ago, every flight has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. There has never been a second where I haven’t learnt anything and I feel that won’t change any time soon. Even though there has been a few rough days where I looked a bit green I can honestly say that learning to fly has been one of the most rewarding hobbies I could imagine. The best moment out of my flights would have to be just a few weeks ago where we reached 10,000 feet which gave me an entirely new perspective to just how small we really are. Also back when I had just begun to learn the controls and we stumbled upon a group of about 13 eagles, never thought I’d see that.

Gliding has also given my an insight into my dream of becoming a pilot in the defence force and everything seemed to come together during my work experience at the Army air base at Oakey in the Blackhawk simulator. Just learning the basic principles of flying meant that I had a far better go at this technology and also made it a hell of a lot more fun than crashing into the ground every 5 seconds like the rest of the group. The freedom of flying is out of this world and I was surprised when I realized how relatable it was to both school and my other hobbies.

Physics isn’t such a drag anymore and I find that I can even relate a lot of it back to aviation, that and I always find myself looking up at the sky seeing whether or not the conditions up there would be any good. The experiences I have gained in just the last few months overcome any video game or school sports I could think of. Also throughout the process of learning to fly it has become apparent that my dream of becoming a pilot in the Air Force might even be possible, and it gives me something to strive towards. After reading through ‘Basic Gliding Knowledge’ what feels like a million times I can say that I know CHAOTIC off by heart and despite what Sydney might think I actually do remember pitch, roll and yaw even though it took me a couple of weeks.

Even though I still keep finding myself getting thrown out of thermals I can confidently say that I have improved beyond my wildest dreams and I never thought that I would be able to get my hands on the controls let alone fly the thing. Because of the stage I am in at school the teachers have been asking us what we wanted to do after school throughout the year, at first I said I want to join the defence force, the next term I said I wanted to join the Air Force. Leading up to work experience all I said was that I wanted to fly, but when they asked me on Friday I replied with, ‘I wanna fly fast.’ So I guess you could say I’m well and truly hooked and yes I’m trying to get all of my friends up in the air with me. So I’d just like to thank all of the instructors, tow pilots, my parents and all of the members in general for their support and someday I hope to go cross-country with all of you.

Adam Sinden.

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