Air cadet flying high with his pilot wings

Flt Sgt Antony Denton.
Flt Sgt Antony Denton.

A 17-year-old air cadet from Ripon has earned his pilot wings over the summer after winning a prestigious scholarship.

Flt Sgt Antony Denton undertook two weeks of intensive flying training withTayside Aviation in Dundee, at the end of which he flew a light aircraft solo and earned his Air Cadet pilot wings.

Antony, who had already learned to fly a motor glider at the age of 16, said: “All my training was coming into effect and I carried out an amazing landing – even though I say so myself.”

For the first five days of the course he was unable to fly due to the vagaries of theScottish weather.

The time was not wasted, however, as he spent these days learning the pre-flight and in-flight checks, radio calls and the location and function of every switch in the aircraft.

Antony said: “Two weeks of intensive training had well and truly paid off and had led up to one of the greatest moments of my life.”

Of the 45,000 Air Cadets in the UK, each year just 160 receive an Air Cadet flying scholarship. A passion for aviation, dedication, commitment and a real aptitude for flying are required to make the grade.

Commenting on Antony’s achievement, the Commanding Officer of 886 Squadron, Flt Lt Chris Crebbin, said: “Everyone who knows Antony’s passion for aviation will be delighted with what he has achieved this summer.

“The Air Cadet pilot scheme selects only the best and most dedicated flyers in the Corps for this type of intensive training. Not all of them manage to go solo.

“Ripon squadron has been fortunate in having two of our cadets qualify in recent years. We are very proud of 
Antony and wish him every success with his flying in the future.”

Ripon Air Cadets are currently recruiting new cadets aged 13-19 years. The squadron meets on Tuesday and Friday evenings, from 7 - 9.30pm, at the Cadet Centre on Clotherholme Road.

The next intake of cadets will be on October 12. For further details visit www.886.org.uk, telephone 01765 609622 or email oc.886@aircadets.org or drop in and meet the group any Tuesday or Friday evening.