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Michael Stokes

Having already achieved a solo flight in an RAF glider, RHS pupil Michael Stokes applied for and has been accepted on to one of just 50 flying scholarship courses offered nationally by the RAF each year.

As a result, much of Michael’s Christmas holiday was spent at Tayside Aviation in Scotland learning how to fly the Grob Tutor.

After just under 11 hours of instruction, Michael was allowed to complete a 15 minute solo flight in what turned out to be poor weather, requiring him to fly some of the circuit on instruments.

In addition to the flying, Michael also had to pass an exam on Air Law, Airfield Operations, Emergencies, Navigation and Weather which he did with a commendable high score of 84%.

Michael’s course report rated him as either outstanding in a number of categories and said that ‘he showed very good potential as a future pilot’.

Congratulations to Michael – a great achievement for him and the Royal Hospital Schools’ Combined Cadet Force.

The Royal Hospital School is a co-educational boarding and day school for 11 to 18 years olds set in 200 acres of Suffolk countryside overlooking the River Stour. http://www.royalhospitalschool.org