The Graham Norris Award
Achiever of the Year 1998 / 1999
Graeme Linskey from Douglas, Isle of Man, was presented with a shield from the APT in recognition of his achievement during 1998
Graeme was severely injured on the mountain when he came off his bike at Druidale on 5th November 1898.
He was flown to the Spinal Unit at Southport where he spent 6 months and then returned to Nobles Hospital, Douglas to spend another 15 months. In August 1991 the Manx Foundation for the Physically Disabled purchased two flats in Douglas and adapted them for persons who are wheelchair bound. Now Graeme lives there on his own.
Model flying was Graem's main interest, apart from cars and bikes, so during his stay in Nobles he built 'planes and also a helicopter which he has been able to fly from Jurby Aerodrome in the North of the island with the help and support of his many friends.
In September 1997, Graeme heard about the APT and his great friend Roly Quine came with him to Salisbury to take an assessment for his aptitude to learn to fly.
He passed with flying colours and after yet another spell in Noble's he came back to Old Sarum in June 1998 to take lessons in one of our converted Shadows.
Graeme stayed in our purpose designed and built accomodation just by the Control Tower. Despite poor weather Graeme passed all his written exams and then in September 1999 he ws presented with his wings and his Private Pilots Licence.
The next step was having his own aircraft - no good having a licence and not being able to fly. Graeme's Uncle, Gordon Craine, a well known Manx ornothologist and entomologist had supported Graeme to this end and in February, Graeme took delivery of his new Shadow microlight complete with special hand controls.
Now Graeme can bee seen flying over the Island on a fine day from Jurby in his yellow and white aircraft - G-LYNK - in which he has already taken up his mum and Geoff. Roly flies alongside in his flex-wing microlight.
Well Done Graeme