Derek Platt began gliding with the ATC in 1945 and gained his ‘A’ badge. After a break, he returned to gliding, along with his children, re-soloing in 1986. He completed his silver badge and became a Basic Instructor, and later adding a motor-glider PPL. He has sustained enthusiasm for flying and commitment to the Midland Gliding Club over 24 years. As an Instructor he provided an introduction for hundreds of people on trial lessons. He acts as Launch Director and his practical skills are regularly called on at the club-house. He is a popular Club member, rarely missing a weekend. He has around 900 hours gliding and 300 motor-gliding and, though he was 80 last December, he plans a lot more flying yet.
RAeC Certificate of Merit
British Gliding Association