Flying is one of the main oppourtunities we provide within Air Cadets, and is one of the main focus points around the sylabus and actvivites we do on a daily parade night. As a cadet you will be given the oppourtunity to fly the Grob G115E, a lightewight single engine, two seater aircraft that is also used for initial training for RAF pilots. Flying is available to any cadets that are enrolled and are above the age of 13; with places being offered roughly every 1-2 months. We make sure that cadets that have not flown before are prioritised so that all cadets get the chance to take part in the incredible oppourtunity that is flying with the ATC. Here at 1188 Squadron we visit our local flying squadron 7 AEF (Air Experience Flight), located at RAFC Cranwell in Lincolnshire. All of the pilots that operate here are volunteers and are often ex-fighter pilots within the RAF, and so are very dedicated, skilled and effective at teaching and giving cadets a feel for flying an actual plane. 7 Air Experience Flight have their own Facebook page, which contains flying photos and also important weather updates and any flight cancellations. They can be found here. What do you get to do when flying with the ATC? What you will do when actually flying depends laregly on both how many times you have been flying before and also how well you interract with the pilot. Generally, on your first flight you can expect to have control of the aircraft, learn basic maneuvers, and also sometimes do basic aerobatics such as loop the loops. As your experience and flying hours increase, you will have the oppourtunity to engage in more sophisticated aerobatics, as well as actually conducting aerobatics yourself and also learning how to actually fly the plane and work systems such as trim and navigation. Cadets may also get the rare chance to experience flight in a fast jet by partaking in some camp competitions. This is an amazing experience and easily the highlight of any cadet's life. But what can it lead to? At cadets there are various accolades and routes available with flying. There are currently two main accolades available through flying with cadets; both of which are difficult to obtain but increadibly rewarding: - A PPL (Private Pilots Licence) scholarship course is available to cadets that apply via RAFA Youth. This allows cadets to earn a full national solo grade pilots licence. In order to apply for this cadets must have been in the organisation for a year or more, over the age of 17 years, and able to pass a basic medical fitness test. Cadets who acheive this are rewarded with a set of pilot 'wings' for their uniform; a highly regarded and revered acheivement. - Pilot Navigation Awards are also available through the same means and requirements as the PPL, although they are less available. Cadets that acheive this are rewarded with a light blue lanyard; another highly rare and regarded acheivement.
The video below shows some extracts from flying in the Grob Tutor.