Achievements and Progress
Listed below are some recent flying achievements by club members.
As the list is probably incomplete, feel free to notify the web developer if
you think someone should be added to the listing. We tend not to mention
ever step in the process to raising a pilot's qualifications, usually the
completed qualification or major steps.
PS We've been told that there were more first solos and badges in some years, but if
you don't tell us who did what, we can't add anything. 2020
Jake Painton - Solo in January, a couple of days before turning 15. First solo of the year
Harry Kirby - passed Bronze C exam and Bronze Badge, May
Oliver Ramsay - passed Bronze C exam, May
Ralph Bohannon - passed Bronze C exam and badge, May
Claudi Hill - 6th in Women's World Championships, Club Class
Alex Watts - solo in December, one day after his 14th birthday
Oliver Ramsay - solo in December, on his 14th birthday.
Elliot Green - solo in October
Alex Atkinson - solo in October on his 14th birthday. The weather gods cooperated nicely
Jason Windmill - solo in September
Kieran Thomas - solo in September
Ella Shaw - solo on 7th September, age - 15 (sister)
James Shaw - solo on 7th September, age - 17 (brother)
Andrew Heyman - solo in September
Ryan Rollings - solo in August. Yet another 14 yr old! Showing the adults how it should be done.
Ethan Harrison - solo in August. Another 14 yr old. Come on you adults, go solo!
Dave Spragg - solo in July, 30 minutes after Matei ! But a little bit older ;)
Matei Duta - solo in July, age 15
Tom Williams - solo in May, at the age of 15
Lai Tak Chi - solo in May
Ben King - solo in April, at the age of 16.
Henry Morris - solo in April, at the age of 15
Harry Reed-Waller - solo in March, and another one aged 14!
Alex Lennox - did his first solo on 1st January, which is also his birthday. Age? 14
Miles Bailey - completed Diamond badge with a height gain of 17000' in late December
Rob Hines - NPPL in SLMG (motor gliders)
Chai-Man Hung - completed Cross-Country Endorsement
Henry Morris - completed Bronze Badge
Peter Belcak - completed Cross-Country Endorsement
Peter Belcak - completed Bronze badge
Julian Bane - first 500km+ flight, towards Diamond badge, July
Misha Kostyanovsky - completed Bronze Badge, May
Chia-Man Hung - completed Bronze Badge, May
Andy Meyer - first 300km+ flight towards Gold and Diamond badge, May
Anthony Landau - first 300km+ flight towards Gold and Diamond badge, May
Selvam Mudaliar - completed Bronze Badge, March
Philipp Kerth - completed Basic Instructor rating
Pete Harvey - 3rd in UK Open Class Nationals
Dave Watt - 2nd in UK 15m Nationals
Fran Roberts - 2nd Hus Bos Regionals
Mick Webb - 1st Bicester Regionals Open Class
Dave Watt - 2nd Bicester Regionals Open Class
Andy Elliott - 1st Bicester Regionals Sport Class
Derren Francis - 3rd in UK 18m Nationals
Jon Gatfield - 12th in World Sailplane Grand Prix
John Roberts - 3rd in UK Club Class Nationals
Pete Harvey - 5th in European 18m Championship.
Alan McNamara - completed Full Category Instructor course
Rahul Shrimanker - solo in September
Mark Darwent - solo in September
Peter Belcak - solo in August
Arron S Price - August, after a two week course sponsored by Air League/British Airways
Joseph Farren - August, after a two week course sponsored by Air League/British Airways
Lewis Evans - August, after a two week course sponsored by Air League/British Airways
Harry Kirby - solo in August
Misha Kostyanovsky - solo in July, aged 14
Ania Liu - solo in July
Tjebbe Bodewes - solo in June
Pratyusha Sambaru - solo in June
Paul Beech - solo in June
Jim Gulliver - solo in May
Chia-Man Hung - Solo in April
Tor Walberg - soloed in February, the first one this year
Mylynn Bowker - Silver badge completed in September
Martin Durham - 750km Diploma, in South Africa, November
Oskar Niessen - 50km+ flight to complete Silver Badge, August
Oskar Niessen - Cross-country endorsement, August
Oskar Niessen - Bronze badge, August
Rupert Taylor-Atkins - completed Silver badge, August
Sam Law - first 50km flight to complete Silver Badge
Patrick Lund - 300km+ flight for part of Gold and Diamond badges, July
Rod Connors - 500km for Gold and Diamond Distance, July.
Ollie Wheeler - 500km flight for Diamond Distance, July. Ollie only went solo 18 months ago!
Patrick Lund - 100km Diploma, July
Tor Walberg - completed Bronze Badge, June
Alex Phillips - completed Bronze Badge, June
Miles Bailey - 500km for Diamond Distance, June
James Best - 750km Diploma, June
Thomas Fern - Standard Aerobatics Badge, June
Ollie Wheeler - 100km Diploma, May
Jim Gulliver - Bronze badge and Cross Country Endorsement, May
Miles Bailey - first 300km+ flight for part of Gold and Diamond badges, May
Colin Knowles - Bronze badge and Cross Country Endorsement during a visit to the club
Rupert Taylor-Atkins - Cross-Country endorsement completed
Miles Bailey - Assistant Instructor Rating, October
David McGrath - Assistant Instructor rating, August
Pete Harvey - FIRST in UK 18m Championships, ahead of four winners of World Championships!
AND FIFTH in the World Championships (Open Class)! Anthony Landau - Basic Instructors Rating, April
Ralph Bohannon - solo in December, on his 14th birthday!
Owen Fouche - solo in October, aged 16
Timo Schewik - solo in September, on a week long course
Aidan Paterson - solo in August, aged 14
Matthus Lehmkuhler - solo in June (visitor from Cambridge)
Marc Galler - solo in May
Nick Patterson - solo in April after a 10 year gap from gliding
Oskar Niessen - solo in April, also at age of 17
Ollie Wheeler - It's January and again we have a cadet (aged 17) going solo, the first solo of the year
Dinant Riks - Aerobatics Standard Badge
Mylynn Bowker - Aerobatics Standard Badge
Dina Morhij - Aerobatics Standard Badge
Anthony Landau - Aerobatics Sports Badge
Mylynn Bowker - Cross Country Endorsement
Thomas Fern - 100km Diploma, part one
Ollie Wheeler - first 300km+ flight towards Gold and Diamond badge, September
Niall Watkins - first 300km+ flight towards Gold badge, August
Thomas Fern - first solo 50km+ flight for Silver Badge - August
Francesca Gregory - first solo 50km+ flight for Silver Badge - August
Ollie Wheeler - first solo 50km+ flight for Silver Badge - August
Thomas Fern - completed Cross-Country endorsement, July
Mylynn Bowker - completed Bronze Badge, June
Elliot Akama-Garren - completed Cross-Country endorsement, June
Elliot Akama-Garren - completed Bronze Badge, June
Francesca Gregory - completed Cross-Country endorsement, May
Ollie Wheeler - Cross-Country endorsment, May
Ollie Wheeler - Finished his Bronze Badge, April
Thomas Fern - Basic Instructor Rating, December
Chris Ballance - Basic Instructor Rating, October
Pete Harvey - Silver medal at the European Championships, Open Class, August
And third in UK Open Class Championship Dinant Riks - Assistant Instructor rating (August)
Dave Watt, Derren Francis, Martin Durham - first, second and third in The Bicester Regionals competiton.
Fran and John Roberts - second in HusBos Challenge Cup
Owen Walters - second in 15m National championship in July
Pete Harvey - second in 18m National championship, June,
AND third in Open Class National championship in July. Maz Makari won the Gold medal in the 2017 Dan Smith Aerobatic Competition, in April.
Julian Bane received the new Haywood Aviation Award for Excellence in Gliding Instruction. (March)
Andy Perkins received the Alex Ward Trophy for Services to Junior Gliding (March)
Bob King received a BGA Diploma for his work with our club during the sale of the airfield by the MOD and for successfully guiding the club through the transition to a commercial lease with our new landlords, Bicester Heritage. (March)
Dinant Riks - Basic Instructor rating
Derren Francis - takes part in World Gliding Championship (8th to 22nd January 2017) Came 6th overall. Freddie Turner - Basic Instructor rating (age 18), on 2nd January - we like to start the year with a good achievement.
Dina Morhij - solo in November
Elliot Akama-Garren solo in October
Matthew Abell - solo in October, age = 18
Chris Chitty - solo in October, aged 16
Bogdan Toader - solo in September
Ryan Harper - solo in July
Mark Pritchard solo in July
Gary Fouche - solo in June
Brian Widdas - solo in April
Julie Dequaire - solo in April
Alfie Hooton - solo in March, another one aged 14.
Thomas Fern - first solo of the year, and on 1st January !!! Age = 14
Alan Twigg - Diamond Height Gain (5000m height gain)
Jonny Stoner - completed Bronze badge
Anthony Landau - completed Silver Badge
Anthony Landau - completed cross-country endorsement
Jonathan Pedde - cross country endorsement
Chris Ballance - Standard Aerobatics Badge
Artur Doshchyn - Standard Aerobatics Badge
Jonathan Pedde - Standard Aerobatics Badge
Hayden Peacock - Standard Aerobatics Badge
Anthony Landau - completed Bronze badge
Qin Cao - completed Bronze badge
Artur Doshchyn - completed Bronze badge
Rupert Taylor-Allkins - completed Bronze badge
Francesca Gregory - completed Bronze Badge
Edward Palmer - completed Bronze Badge
Stuart Law - completed Gold Badge
Samuel Law - completed cross country endorsement.
Niall Watkins - complete Silver Badge
Thomas Fern - Bronze Badge completed
Phillip Carter - cross country endorsement
Niall Watkins - cross country endorsement
Julian Bane - completed BI Coaching course
Niall Watkins - completed Basic Instructor course, at the age of 17
Charlie Taylor - completed Basic Instructor course, at the age of 17 !
Andy Elliott - First in the Bicester Regionals, Club Class
Dave Watt - Second in the Bicester Regionals, Open Class
Pete Harvey - FIRST in British Open Class National Championship Dan Pitman - 3rd in Open Class Championship
Owain Walters - 6th in 15m National Championship
Dave Watt - 8th in 15m National championship
Freddie Turner - 5th in Hus Bos Challenge Cup
Freddie Turner - selected for the 2016 Junior Development Training Squad
Artur Doshchyn - solo in October
Jonathan Stoner - solo in September
Brandon Brockwell solo in July, (cadet, aged 15)
John Straw - solo in June
Francesca Gregory - solo in June
Mylynn Bowker - solo in May
Ashley Cheng - solo in May
Edward Palmer - solo in March, age = 15 years old.
Marie Ufferte - The first French hairdresser to go solo this year.
Elijah Andrews - completed Bronze Badge
Dinant Riks - 300km flight for Gold Distance and Diamond Goal
Hayden Peacock - completed Bronze Badge
Samual Law - completed Bronze Badge
David Green - completed Bronze Badge - the first step towards the cross-country endorsement.
Jason Walton - Cross-country Endorsement (here on a course)
Oliver Hooton - completed Bronze badge
James Kirby - Cross-country Endorsment
Pete Harvey - Wins 18m National Championship! Peter Harvey - 8th in the European Championships (Open Class)
Charlie Taylor - completed Silver badge with 50km flight
Pete Harvey - 911km out of an attempted 1000km !
Martin Clark - first 500km flight as part Diamond level badge
Martin Clark - awarded Rex Pilcher Trophy - Earliest Diamond Distance (in 2015, one of four winners). This is awarded by the BGA Comps Committee.
Martin Clark - 300km goal flight for Diamond Badge
Chris Balance - first 300km flight as part Gold and Diamond level badges
Richard Lever - first 300km flight as part Gold and Diamond level badges
David McGrath - Basic Instructor rating
Freddie Turner - 300km flight as part of Gold and Diamond level badges.
Callum Lavender - winner of the Sports class in the Dan Smith aerobatic competition - age? 16 !