AN airport’s drive to become a major general aviation centre will be boosted by the opening of a new microlight flying school.
Microlight flying instructor Gordon Wilson has chosen Durham Tees Valley to establish his business which will offer training for students to gain their National Private Pilot’s Licence.
It will also provide trial flights for anyone wanting to try their hand at one of the most exciting flying experiences.
Gordon has 15 years’ experience flying microlights and has been a trainer for the past six years.
He said: “Interest in microlights has grown enormously over recent years. There are more than 4,000 registered with the Civil Aviation Authority. Modern microlights are strong certified aircraft which offer the exhilaration of an open-air cockpit and amazing 360 degree views.”
His interest in flying developed after he was forced to give up his career as a diver as a result of suffering decompression sickness while on a training exercise with the Army in Cyprus.
Airport manager Shaun Woods said: “We are delighted to welcome Gordon to Durham Tees Valley, underlining our commitment to attract all types of general aviation activity and our growing leisure flying choices with him joining Durham Tees Flight Training and Skydive St George.”
He said the airport was already attracting “considerable interest from flyers.”