A New Abbey teenager is flying high after breezing a 100-year-old aviation record.
Connor McIver, 14, took to the skies on his own on Saturday to become the youngest solo glider pilot in Scotland, Northumberland and the Borders for over a century.
The Dalbeattie High School pupil snapped up the opportunity after a recent change in European law which permits gliders under the age of 16 to fly solo.
And he had to overcome a series of rigorous flight checks in order to go out solo at Borders Gliding Club but passed with flying colours.
We are all so proud of Connor for what he has achieved, said dad Ian, who is also a skilled glider pilot.
Connor has been brought up with flying all around him since he was a young age and he has worked hard to reach this level.
I am a very proud father although I cant say I wasnt a bit apprehensive.
I had absolutely no qualms about his ability he is a supremely talented young pilot but you are always going to feel a bit apprehensive in this situation.
But once he set off I had lost that feeling and I was just so pleased and excited for Connor.
He is old beyond his years when it comes to flying and handled the pressure so well.
Connor comes from a line of impressive pilots, with dad Ian and grandfather John McIver both experienced gliders with Dumfries Gliding Club.
His training, overseen by Ian and long-serving Dumfries chairman John, began when he was just eight years old and the talented youngster has been hard at work since to reach his goals.
He has trained out of both the Dumfries and Borders club, also benefiting from working under Robin Johnson at Milfield, who put him through his paces ahead of Saturdays momentous flight.
Ian added: Around 90 per cent of Connors training has been done at the Dumfries club but our airfield is going through considerable reconstruction.
It was organised through our chief flying officer, Robin, whose home club as the Borders, and Robin really tested Connor on Saturday.
For someone as young as Connor to go out on his own, they must tick several boxes but he expertly dealt with everything Robin put his way.
The second-year pupil had strolled a dual training flight with Robin around 18 months ago and snapped up the opportunity to take advantage of the new rules and regulations set in place at the British Gliding Association.
Robin, also serving as chief flying instructor at Dumfries, threw a host of potential problems at Connor during a demanding simulated emergency exercise.
But Connor handled everything calmly and having satisfied himself as to the students maturity, judgement and control of the aircraft, Robin exited the canopy and left the New Abbey teen to create aviation history.
Piloting the clubs K21 two-seat training glider, Connor performed a perfect take-off and aero-tow behind the tug plane and soared for just under 12 minutes before carrying out a perfectly judged circuit and landing.
He was met with a round of applause as his glider rolled to a gentle stop on the grass leaving his proud family holding back the tears.
Ian, who watched the high school pupils accomplishment with Connors grandfather John and other club members, said: It was a very emotional moment.There were around 25 very experienced pilots showing their appreciation for what Connor had achieved and it really got to both myself and Connors grandfather.
George Brown, a Borders member and pilot of over 40 years, said: Connors solo gave those of us who witnessed it a great sense of pleasure, seeing a young lad demonstrate the kind of maturity which is not always present in lads and lasses of his relatively early years.
It proves that the decision to reduce the solo age is the right one, as long as it is for the right person.
Connor now has his feet firmly back on the ground but one thing is for sure the sky is certainly not the limit for this talented teenager.