We are the Air Cadets – so it wouldn’t make sense if we didn’t go flying or gliding! Although cadets don’t get to go flying as much as they used to in previous years, the opportunities still exist. Cadets can expect to go flying approximately once a year, although this could increase depending on what other activities you go on such as RAF Camps. The first level of flying and gliding is Air Experience Flights (AEF) and Gliding Induction Courses (GIC). At AEF you will fly in a Grob Tutor for about 30 minutes, taking control of the aircraft and performing aerobatics (if you want!). At GIC you will either fly a Grob Viking or a Grob Vigilant, you will get between 3-5 launches in the Viking.
There are also opportunities to do a Gliding Scholarship and a Flying Scholarship; this is where you do a structured course with the view to fly solo for the first time! This will either be a residential course or it will be split over various weekends. Either way – you will be gliding/flying a lot, learning a lot, making new friends and having an experience of a life time. Flying Solo.
Another way to get up in the air is through other military flying, this is most likely to happen if you go on a Easter/Summer/Autumn week long camp to an RAF Base in the UK or Overseas. You might get a flight in a Hercules, Chinook, Tucano, Merlin, Voyager, Puma, Sentry… The possibilities are endless, but they are also quite rare. The rarest of them all is a flight with the Red Arrows, in a Tornado GR4, a Hawk or a Typhoon – but it can happen!