Club member profile - George

We asked our Club members how they started gliding, what they enjoy and have achieved at Devon and Somerset Gliding Club.

George VojtisekGeorge Vojtisek

When did you start gliding?

 

I had an interest in flying from the age of 8 years, and I used to make lots of aircraft models but I really wanted to fly for real. I was inspired reading gliding books. I flew at Booker in 1971 but had to give it up when we moved to Devon and was busy with a young family. I first came to North Hill in 1974 on a group evening with the Round Table and flew with Barry Salter.

What made you start gliding again?

 

I came to the DSGC Open weekend in 2010 and haven't looked back since, I like being able to fly on Thursdays.

What is your most memorable moment?

 

Going solo.

What is your most memorable flight?

 

There have been 2 flights in the K21 with CFI Pete - recently in a north westerly wind exploring some wave lift at the end of the ridge, and back in the summer flying up to cloudbase in a good thermal.

What single word sums up gliding for you?

 

Just brilliant (2 words)

What's your next goal in gliding?

 

Bronze badge, and Cross-country endorsement, maybe a syndicate glider and flying cross-country.

What do you like about DSGC?

 

Everyone is friendly and helpful, and the Instructors are brilliant.

What keeps you motivated?

 

There's so much to explore, learn and enjoy.

Age:

 

70 years

Occupation:

 

Retired Company Director Manufacturing Business.

Started gliding:

 

October 1971 at Booker and then from June 2010

Number of launches:

 

180

Number of hours gliding:

 

28 hours (30mins P1 - soloed September 2012)

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