A local lecturer has gone back to the classroom after taking on the challenge of learning to fly.
Carpentry lecturer, Roger Edgecombe, at Cornwall College Saltash has “always found a need” to challenge himself “both mentally and physically”.
“As a lecturer I feel it is good to put yourself in the student position to keep in touch with the feelings they go through as we teach them,” he continued.
“I had always seen flying as inspirational and something other people could do but not me. Finally as I approached my 60th birthday I wanted a new challenge. It was then that I realised that the only thing stopping me from learning to fly was me.”
Roger joined Bodmin Airfied, but due to the poor weather couldn’t take to the skies.
Making the most of the situation, Roger sat two exams enabling him to pass his Air Law and Human Factors courses before he had even started his flying lessons.
“As I approached the aircraft, a Cessna 152, for my first flight I was both nervous and excited,” Roger explained.
“Once we were in the air and the control was handed over to me, I was surprised at how quickly I relaxed, became familiar with the controls and didn’t cause the airplane to become unstable in the air.”
Roger is now ready for his next two theory exams and his flying has come a long way.
“I’m now starting to learn how to take off and land in preparation for my first solo flight,” he said.
“It’s a huge milestone and I feel a real sense of achievement. I would encourage everyone to challenge themselves, to go outside of your comfort zone.”
Roger said people will be surprised how far they can push themselves to achieve things they never thought they could.
“The reward is an increased self-confidence and the excitement of knowing you are expanding your own experience,” he added.
Curriculum Lead for Technology at Cornwall College, Jamie Rowley, said the College is “proud of Roger’s ambition”.
“He is always up for a challenge, we look forward to our first flight with him at the controls!”