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Jamie Gutteridge Flying High

posted 10 Dec 2015, 00:03 by Web Admin

Cadet Flight Sergeant Jamie Gutteridge from 1869 (Middlesbrough) Squadron, has taken to the skies this month after being awarded a bursary from the Greensward Charitable Trust. Jamie who is a student at Hillsview Academy in Normanby has been fully supported throughout the bidding process by Principal Mr Elliot and Mrs Strathern. He now faces several months of training at Bagby Airfield under the guidance and tuition of Mark Badminton of Bagby Flight Training and will end up with a National Private Pilot’s Licence. 

Jamie, who joined the Air Cadets at the age of 13 is no stranger to flying after being awarded a flying scholarship from the Royal Air Force Air Cadets earlier on in the year and wowed an examiner from Central Flying School with his skills on the Grob Heron at Tayside Aviation in Dundee.  He now faces 25 hours of training along with theory exams and a radio licence to achieve his first step on the long ladder to being a pilot!

“Being a pilot is all that I have ever wanted to do” Jamie said, “the air cadets have fully supported me along with my school and without them, I wouldn’t be able to have got this far”.

The Air Cadets is a National Youth Organisation funded partly by the Royal Air Force and has a Squadron in Middlesbrough at the TA Centre in Coulby Newham and offer amazing experiences for any teenager from Year 8 up until their 20th Birthday – vist for more details!