Ascent’s aerobatic champion

Huge congratulations to Ascent instructor Nick Riddin, who has been crowned British National Intermediate Power Champion 2023, by British Aerobatics.

Nick, an EFT QFI, based at RAF Cranwell since the beginning of the programme, became an avid aerobatics enthusiast after flying with his father in the early 1980s. In 2011, he bought a part-built aerobatic aircraft (Rihn DR-107 One Design) and his passion developed.

After gaining an LAA permit and his own competition aerobatics aircraft, and despite the competitive limitations imposed by COVID, Nick won the Tiger and McAully trophies in 2021.  

In August, he was awarded a gold medal – flying his G-TAZZ (DR-107) – after a very closely fought competition at Conington.

EFT Chief Pilot for Ascent at Cranwell, Peter Keenlyside, said: “We are lucky at Ascent to have such talented pilots, with such a variety of skills and experience within our team. They help to enhance our performance and reputation as UKMFTS Training Service Provider.

“Congratulations Nick and good luck defending your crown next year.”