For her 14th birthday Charlotte got a trial lesson in a glider and was immediately hooked. She has spent much of her free time at weekends in the last 2 years training to fly a glider solo. It was hoped to send her solo on her 16th birthday which was on July 5th but strong crosswinds thwarted the possibility that day. Due to holidays and unseasonal weather Charlotte had to wait until Saturday 30th July for that first solo flight. She then went on to do another 4 solo flights that day.