As an air cadet, you will get the chance to take to the skies in a vast array of different aircraft! For Air Cadets, Air Experience Flying (AEF) is the opportunity to strap yourself into a Royal Air Force aircraft and take flight.
During flights, you will be sat directly next to the pilot and will have the opportunity to watch them fly the aircraft through a variety of manoeuvres and even get to take over the controls yourself. In addition to this, some cadets even get to experience the thrill of aerobatics- truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Our local AEF operates from RAF Wyton in Cambridgeshire, where they fly the Grob Tutor aircraft. You will get to spend at least 20-30 minutes in the air, as well as meeting cadets from many different Squadrons and having a fantastic time!
Flying from Watton airfield, 611 Volunteer Gliding School (VGS) take our cadets up into the skies several times a year. In a glider you will be launched from 0 to 1000ft in a matter of seconds, an extremely exhilarating experience. Once airborne, you will be taught the basics of flight and will also get the opportunity to tale over the controls.
Once you turn 16, you can apply for a gliding scholarship and if selected you will learn how to fly the Grob Viking glider and if you are up to it, fly solo!
During your time with the ATC you may be lucky enough to get the chance to go on an Air Opportunity Flight.
In 2010, cadets from 1070(Diss) Squadron got to fly in a Merlin,Chinook and Puma helicopter and in 2011 14 cadets took to the air in a Sea King Search and Rescue helicopter, a really memorable event!
But perhaps our best experience was when one of our Cadet Sergeant's took part in Her Majesty the Queen's Birthday Flypast in 2010 by flying in a Tri-Star, with 2 Tornados jets on either side as they flew down The Mall in London!