Richard croker

Friday, August 04, 2006

August Gliding Course

Welcome to the August FAA/RN Gliding Course based at Daedalus Airfield Lee-on-Solent. Please leave a small message introducing yourself - and check the joining instructions and operations order - they have been loaded today. Also read the feedback comments fron the previous course, this may be of use. Contact either myself or the Sea Daddy if problems.

See you all on Friday !
Lt Richard CROKER


  • To Lt R Croker, my name is Simon Hill and i am 17 years old, i have just finished my As levels at Coombe Dean School, Plymouth, i am currently studing History, ICT, Critical Thinking, English Language and Politics.

    I wish to become a Aircrew Officer in the Royal Navy, and study either Law or Managment.

    I play American Football for the Plymouth Admirals for the youth side although my favourite sport is rugby.

    I am a 15th Century Re-enacter which envoleves a lot of History and a lot of fun

    I hope to see you all there and to have a fantastic week


    By Anonymous Simon Hill, at 5:47 PM  

  • Sir,

    My name is Tom Thicknesse and I am 16 years old. I am at Downside School in Somerset, where I have just taken AS levels in English Literature, History, Religious Studies and Geography. I live in Alverstoke, near Portsmouth.

    I have wanted to fly all my life, and coming from a military family a career as a military pilot is hugely attractive to me. I hope to join the Royal Navy as an aircrew officer after leaving school next year. I am looking forward to next week hugely!

    I enjoy rugby, hockey and cricket, but having grown up near the sea, my first loves are sailing and windsurfing. I am a keen musician; I play piano, 'cello and I sing, and at school I have produced a number of plays and a musical. I am also an NCO in the CCF contingent.

    Tom Thicknesse

    By Anonymous Tom Thicknesse, at 5:25 PM  

  • Good afternoon to all attending the August gliding course. My name is SLT Chris Whittington, and I will be your Royal Navy Liaison Officer. My role on the course is to look after you all in the mess at HMS Collingwood, and generally answer any questions you may have on being an Officer and a Pilot in the Royal Navy, including the whole recruitment process. Hopefully I'll also be able to log a few flying hours! If anyone has any problems or questions regarding transport etc, feel free to contact me on 07920146727. Look forward to meeting you all on Friday.

    SLT Chris Whittington RN

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:31 AM  

  • To Lt R Croker

    My name is Tom Bassett, I am 17 years old and I attend Strode College in Somerset. I am studying Maths, Physics, Electrontics and Photography and I have just finished my first year of A levels.

    It has been a life long ambition of mine to become an Aircrew Officer in the Royal Navy. This ambition comes from having Family in the Navy aswell as only living a matter of miles from RNAS Yeovilton. I plan to apply as an Aircrew Offier after I finish my A level studies.

    I play football for a local Saturday League team. I also enjoy Surfing, Snowboarding and Swimming.

    I am also a keen musician as I play and teach the guitar. I have also played in the local town Pantomime providing a backing track.

    I look forward to meeting everyone on Friday for what will be a hugely enjoyable week


    By Anonymous Tom Bassett, at 11:49 AM  

  • To Lt Croker
    Hi, my name is Amanda Valentine, I’m 17 and attend Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School, Marlow, Buckinghamshire. Kinda hoping I’m not the only girl on the course…

    Will anyone be travelling by rail via Maidenhead, Reading or Basingstoke? It would be good to have a travelling companion. Also, it will be too late to get home by train after the award presentation on the evening of Friday 18th and I wonder if there is provision for staying over and travelling home on Saturday.

    Looking forward to meeting everyone on Friday.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:00 PM  

  • Amanda,
    No worries. Everyone will be staying at the Wardroom on the Friday night, and travelling to the train station on Saturday morning. Also, anyone requiring lifts from the station give me a ring or leave a message on here and we'll see what we can do. Finally, don't worry, there's two girls!.

    SLT Chris Whittington RN

    By Anonymous SLT Chris Whittington, at 9:38 AM  

  • Additional,
    my email address for those who would like it,

    SLT Chris Whittington RN

    By Anonymous SLT Chris Whittington RN, at 9:40 AM  

  • To SLT Chris Whittington, Sir do we hav to stay over the Friday night or can we leave after the presentation.
    Simon Hill

    By Anonymous Simon HIll, at 11:33 AM  

  • Simon,
    There should be no problem with you disappearing after the presentation should you want to.
    Look forward to meeting you on Friday.

    SLT Chris Whittington RN

    By Anonymous SLT Chris Whittington, at 1:46 PM  

  • To Lt R Croker, my name is Max Harvey and I am 17 years old. I have completed my As levels in Physics, Maths, ICT and General studies at Montagu School, Kettering.

    Flying has always been my greatest interest and I wish to join the forces as a pilot and study aerospace engineering.

    Although I do not partake in any sports, I do cycle 6 miles a day when travelling to and from school.

    I am also a keen drummer and aspire to be as skilled as Dave Mackintosh. As well as this I am a fan of japanese manga and anime, Katsuhiro Otomo and Lynn Okamoto are my favourite artists.

    Looking forward to a great week with everyone there


    By Anonymous Max Harvey, at 2:41 PM  

  • Just a quickie guys,
    For those of you who can, I'll meet you all in the wardroom reception at six on Friday and we'll head over to dinner.

    SLT Chris Whittington RN

    By Anonymous SLT Chris Whittington, at 6:24 PM  

  • Hi. This is Harry Fogg. I am 18 years old and have just sat my Leaving Certificate exam at Kilkenny College. I hope to study Engineering in Trinity College Dublin. I was on the first hockey team in school, I am a lifeguard but,mostly, I am a rock-climber.
    I hope to arrive on time tomorrow.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:00 PM  

  • To Lt R Croker

    As a brief introduction my name is Ben Shillito, I'm 19 years old and have just completed a years travelling and working between school and university. I left Westminster last year with my A levels and am reading Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Durham this October.

    With no close friends or family in the military I'm excited for this preview of life in the forces as its been a continual interest. An opportunity to discover aviation is such a rare one that combined I'm very excited about attending this course!

    Very much looking forward to meeting everyone and getting started!


    By Anonymous Ben Shillito, at 7:44 AM  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:31 PM  

  • To Lt R Croker,

    Hello sir, my name is Fraser Watt. I am 17 years old and have just finished my 6th and final year at high school, soon moving up to Aberdeen to attend my first year at university, studying politics and geography.

    Ever since I was very young I have always wanted to join the navy. At the age of 14 I joined the air cadets (purely because there was no sea cadet squadron near where I stayed.) Later that year I got my first flight in a Viking mk.2 glider and later in a Grob tutor and loved every minuet of it. Since then I have been determined on a career in the fleet air arm.

    In my spare time I am a keen mountain biker, swimmer and rugby player.

    I very much looking forward to meeting you this weekend


    Fraser Watt

    By Anonymous Fraser Watt, at 7:38 PM  

  • Hi, my name is Jack Bushell and I'm 16. I've just finished my GCSE's and I am studying English lit, Philosophy, Human Biology and Chemistry next year at south downs college.

    I have wanted to fly in the navy for a very long time and I can't wait to get an experience of flight.

    I am keen at sports the three I enjoy the most being: Surfing, Rugby and Skiing. I also play guitar and bass.

    Like I said I can't wait till we all start and it'll be really good to meet you all on friday.


    By Anonymous Jack, at 10:40 AM  

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