An Upper Sixth Former pupil gives his account of this fantastic experience:
“Our plane of choice for the day was the Grob Tutor - a small single piston engine plane that has aerobatic capabilities.
Before setting off, we were kitted out with parachutes and helmets. Soon after, we were given the exhilarating opportunity to fly the plane.
Once in the air, the pilot asked us: ‘Would you like to attempt some aerobatics?’ Enthused, we all agreed, and the pilot began to increase the speed, before suddenly heading nose down, when the airspeed needle came to life.
He pulled the stick back and we started to climb again, this time inverted, as we completed the loop. During this stunt, we did several barrel rolls, and a stall turn.
After some exciting but slightly queasy flying, we flew back to the airfield. In addition to learning the basics of airmanship, we were shown how to jump out of a plane in case of an emergency.
Fortunately, we didn’t have to put our training into practice for this particular lesson, but it is useful to know.”