Hants teen takes GCSE – then flies solo!


Elizabeth Ormston flies solo over Hampshire aged 16. pic Matthew Myatt

A Winchester teenager has won their wings having just turned 16. Elizabeth Ormston who is still a pupil at Kings’ school Winchester, has flown solo for the first time straight after sitting a GCSE exam.

At 16 years-and-8-days Ormston is even younger than Eloeyse Cripps who was previousy the yougest person to fly solo out of Popham airfield where Airbourne Aviation run a flying school.

Onboard cameras captured the flight and the joyful smiles of the young pilot as they touched down after a 10 minute fight.

Co-Director of Airbourne Aviation Matthew Myatt told The Times:

“She executed the flight perfectly and we invited her parents, Lisa and Andy, down to the airfield to watch with us.

“It is even more impressive that she completed the flight during the stress of her GCSE exams.

The young Aviator will now go on to train for a full National Private Pilot microlight licence.