Joining the Air Cadets opens up lots of opportunities, including the chance to fly! We try and get each of our cadets airborne as often as possible. This could be as a passenger in an aircraft, a glider or even on-board RAF aircraft such as our Typhoon fast-jet or a Chinook helicopter.
There are plenty of opportunities for cadets to get in the air and take control with an Air Experience Flights, this would normally be in a
We also have our own flight simulator and instructor, giving our cadets the chance to hone their skills.
We work very closely with 614 VGS Volunteer Gliding Squadron based at MDPGA Wethersfield in Essex, United Kingdom. 614 VGS is one of 27 Volunteer Gliding Squadrons in the country. The squadron currently operates between 110 and 130 days a year. Days operations are organised each day by the Duty Instructor and overseen by the VGSDE (Volunteer Gliding Squadron Duty Executive) . 614 VGS currently completes around 6000 launches a year which results in over 800 hours airborne.
We currently have a member of staff who is a grade 2 pilot for the viking T1 and a member of 614 VGS, we have a Qualified Aerospace Instructors cadet who is working towards his private pilot’s licence. Recently we have awarded two advanced glider training (gold wings) and a gliding scholarship badge (blue wings). We aim to get each one of our cadets on the flight simulator as often as possible and at least one air experience flight per year as a minimum!