Royal Meteorological Society talk: Flying on nothing but fresh air

Speaker: Tony Flannery, Burn Gliding Club

Tony began his flying career 31 years ago and has flown well over 2500 hours as a solo pilot, a gliding instructor and a pilot of powered aeroplanes. In this time he has accumulated the knowledge to achieve solo, bronze, silver, gold and diamond awards for duration and distance flying, all of which were achieved by learning about, and using to their best advantage, naturally occurring meteorological conditions.

As a gliding instructor, Tony feels much personal satisfaction being able to pass on this knowledge and experience to others, so that they can enjoy the thrill of flying without an engine.

In this talk he will provide a highlight of his adventures through a series of photographs and will demonstrate the practical side of using the weather to achieve flight, focusing predominantly on thermals and mountain waves.

About the Royal Meteorological Society Yorkshire Centre.

The Yorkshire Centre is one of several local centres around the UK that organise regular meetings for those interested in all aspects of meteorology. Speakers present talks on a variety of topics and the meetings provide an opportunity to meet other members socially. 

Unless stated otherwise, all meetings are held in the Level 8 Seminar Room, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds. The talks are free and open to members and non-members alike. 

The Yorkshire Local Centre Committee 2018-2019

Chair - Dorian Speakman
Secretary - John Goulding
Treasurer - Lindsay Bennett
Publicity team - Kamalika Sengupta, Beth Woodhams and Ben Pickering
Committee Officers - David Cherry, Clive Mills-Hicks, Victoria Smith and Jim McQuaid

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