Air Cadet Drew Giggins has been awarded his Grade One Wings, making him one of the countries youngest fully qualified gliding instructors at the age of just 18.
Flight Sergeant Giggins, a cadet of 149 (Poole) Squadron, is a Flight Staff Cadet at 622 Volunteer Gliding Squadron based at Upavon in Wiltshire. Following completion of his two-year training course, which included both theoretical and practical subjects, he is now qualified to provide initial experience flights for younger air cadets – including his fellow cadets at Poole Squadron.
“This is a massive achievement for an 18 year old cadet” said Squadron Leader Steve Goddard, Officer Commanding the Gliding Squadron, “He is a great role model for younger cadets”.
Drew, a pupil at Corfe Hills School in Poole, plans to continue his gliding training, and then work towards his ambition to become a commercial airline pilot.