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Aviation engineering students start work on glider repair project

16th January 2019

A group of Aviation Engineering students from City College Norwich have started work to repair a Grob Astir glider that has been given on permanent loan by Norfolk Gliding Club (NGC).

The glider had an accident three years ago and was not repaired at the time. The Aviation Engineering students will work on the glider to meet all the necessary safety standards and licensing requirements of the UK Civil Aviation Authority, before eventually flying it at Tibenham Airfield under the NGC's Junior Scheme.

The repair is relatively complex and involves making a mould from a serviceable glider for a new skin for the underside of the cockpit area, making that skin, and bonding it into the damaged fuselage.  Some internal repairs are also required.

Stu Hoy, from Anglia Sailplanes, is supervising the repairs to the glider, making regular visits to the college as the project progresses.  

The students are all studying on the college’s Level 2 and 3 courses in Aviation Engineering, from which they can go on to the new degree in Professional Aviation Engineering Practice at the International Aviation Academy Norwich.

The link with Norfolk Gliding Club helps broaden the students’ experience of the wide range of areas in which they could work in their future careers in aviation and aerospace.  For Norfolk Gliding Club it is an opportunity to introduce new enthusiasts to the sport.