Club member profile - Mark

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

Mark LaytonMark Layton

Why did you start gliding?


It's something I've always wanted to do. My wife bought me a trial lesson for a birthday present. I flew with Mark C in 2007.


Does gliding influence any other part of your life


When I'm up a ladder cleaning out gutters - I'm not scared of heights anymore.


What is your most memorable moment?


Every landing is memorable


What is your most memorable flight?


A wave flight from North Hill to over 7000ft with CFI Pete. Visibility was fantastic with spectactular wave formations - you could almost touch both coastlines, and to get down we did spins, loops and chandelles.


What single word sums up gliding for you?




How often do you fly?


The Club's flexible opening hours, mid week and weekends work perfectly with my shift pattern.


What do you like about owning your own glider?


I don't get called down after one hour's soaring.


What do you like about DSGC?


Meeting lots of interesting people, and we are all treated equally.


Where else have you flown?


Club expedition to Portmoak.


What keeps you motivated?


The next challenge - silver distance.


Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?


I'd like to upgrade the Cirrus to a higher performance, newer glider with my shiny new gold / diamond badges.




50 years




Marine Engineer Officer, on cross-channel ferry


Number of launches:




Number of hours gliding:


100 hours