128 Sqn Crest RAF Air Cadets 128 Squadron



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)

The Blue ATP introduces cadets to aeronautical concepts including the primary and further effects of controls, lift vectors and airfield procedures . There are 4 elements to the training:

  1. Cadet Aviation Familiarisation Course (FAM)
  2. Ground school
  3. Part Task Trainer (PTT)
  4. An airborne sortie

Bronze Aviation Training Package (ATP)

Following on from the Blue ATP, the Bronze ATP consists of 3 elements to further develop aviation knowledge:

  1. Ground school elements will revise primary effects of control and introduce attitude maintenance and selection and cockpit drills
  2. PTT training will focus on trimming, normal approach and circuit, undershooting and overshooting approaches
  3. Airborne sorties at an AEF will demonstrate FRC drills, datum attitude and stability, medium turns and the approach and landing

Air Cadets Pilot Navigation Training Scheme (ACPNTS) Silver Wing

The Silver ACPNTS provides 8 hours of flying training at an Air Experience Flight (AEF) There are 2 elements to this training:

  1. Experience aspects of applied Service flying
  2. Experience aspects of applied Service navigation

Air Cadets Pilot Scholarship (ACPS) Gold Wings

The Gold ACPS provides 12 hours of flying training in a single engine piston aircraft
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

Air Cadets Air Experience Flight Course (ACAEFC) Gold Wings

The Gold ACAEFC course provides 10 hours of flying training at an RAF Air Experience Flight (AEF)
Cadets will experience aspects of applied Service flying, including advanced handling and low level flying

Civilian Qualifications

Although parity with standardised military aviation cannot be assured, individuals who have completed civilian flying scholarships may be awarded the Air Cadet Civilian (CIV) wings in recognition of their efforts.