14 year old British pilot wins global aviation award
14 year old British pilot Robbie Rizk wins global aviation award
14 year old Robbie Rizk, has been awarded the Brietling Youngster Award for an incredible performance at the annual FAI awards in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The young boy joined world champions and national bodies receiving recognition for service to aviation. The award is given to any pilot under 26 who has excelled in aviation.
Robbie won the title of Advanced National Champion in Glider Aerobatics when he won the British Aerobatic Association competition this June. Beating people up to 5 times his own age, Robbie has climbed to the top of this sport.
Robbie began gliding when he was only 11 and completed his first solo flight in August 2012, on his fourteenth birthday, after his birthday he continued his training in glider aerobatics. Already he has broken a number of records, including being the youngest pilot ever to compete in a National Aerobatic Championship and then also winning his class.
Soon he was flying solo on the MDM Fox, the world’s only unlimited two seat aerobatic glider. In September 2012 he competed in the UK again, this time at a much higer level. Despite it being a higher level he still managed to come 5th out of 15.
Since the last competition Robbie has continued his training, his exceptional skill has attracted the attention of the British team selectors and he has taken one of the the five paces on the British team competing in the World Advanced Glider Aerobatic Championships in Finland in July 2013.