The chance to go flying is one of the best things about being an Air Cadet and makes the ATC very different from other youth organisations. Make no mistake – this is not like flying on an airliner – the controls are right there in front of you, the pilot is next to you and when you land, your backside is about only 3 feet from the ground.
Air Cadets get regular opportunities to fly in light aircraft and gliders as well as other RAF and civil aircraft. The most common form of powered flying is called “Air Experience Flying” and is carried out in the Grob Tutor flying with 7 AEF at RAF Cranwell. You’ll be kitted out with a flying suit, helmet, gloves and parachute and when you fly you will get chance to take control of the aircraft. If its not your first flight, you may well get the chance to do aerobatics – absolutely fantastic!
Later on in their careers, cadets can apply for Flying Scholarships which give them free flying instruction at a civilian flying club. All the hours flown count towards a Private Pilots Licence.
Blue Aviation Training Package (ATP)
- Cadet Aviation Familiarisation Course (FAM)
- Ground school
- Part Task Trainer (PTT)
- An airborne sortie
- Ground school elements will revise primary effects of control and introduce attitude maintenance and selection and cockpit drills
- PTT training will focus on trimming, normal approach and circuit, undershooting and overshooting approaches
- Airborne sorties at an AEF will demonstrate FRC drills, datum attitude and stability, medium turns and the approach and landing
- Experience aspects of applied Service flying
- Experience aspects of applied Service navigation
Training completed at a civilian flying training school accredited by the Central Flying School (CFS)
Training has the potential to lead to a first solo flight
Cadets will experience aspects of applied Service flying, including advanced handling and low level flying