Take off for Central and East Region's Aerospace Camp

10 Jan 2018

Fourteen enthusiastic air cadets have spent a day at the Central & East Region Activity Centre broadening their aeronautical experience.

Cadets from all ages met at RAF Cranwell to take part in the one-day course that allow cadets for fly a ‘sortie’ under simulated conditions and examine the air traffic control procedures involved to make that happen.

Training and practice were available under the instruction and guidance of the region training team to give the cadets the skill and confidence to perform the given tasks.

Planning for the sortie was carried out under real conditions in the planning room kindly permitted by 45(R) Squadron.  With the Wing Commander providing the clear and concise instruction, the cadets planned out the rout they would navigate taking into account the weather and characteristic of their “aircraft”.

Having completed the planning, the cadets, as either pilot or navigator, moved to the flight simulator, set up to emulate the Grob Tutor, flown at the air experience flights, and carried out the sortie, under the watchful eyes of Flight Lieutenant Kyle Aldridge and cadets who have completed the Qualified Aerospace Instructors Course (QAIC).

Whilst the “sortie is being flown, other cadets were learning the rudiments of Air Traffic Control on another simulator.

As the cadets on the course are keen to fly, there was an opportunity to complete the application for a Flying scholarship in the RACs comprehensive computer suite

The camps was led by the region’s aerospace officer, Wing Commander Nathan Wilks who was supported by a team of dedicated and knowledgeable volunteer staff to ensure the cadets obtained maximum benefit from the limited time available.

Two of the cadets on the course, Cadet Corporal Tilly Watts (16) of 301 (Bury St Edmund’s) Squadron and Cadet Lilly-Louise Cottrell (15) from 2160 (Sleaford) Squadron, thought it was really useful and a good insight into the complexities of flying. Not just the piloting and navigation of the aircraft but also the pre-flight planning and controlling when in the air.

Tilly is hoping to join the RAF as an Aero Engineer after she has expanded her Air Cadet career with a hoped for place on the Air Cadet Pilot Scheme.  Lilly-Louise, already interested in languages, is looking for a career as an Intelligence Analyst Linguist in the RAF.

A delighted Wing Commander Wilks said: “an absolutely fantastic weekend, condensed into two 1 day courses. This course has been intense, and the cadets have all done really well and stepped up to the mark. All have planned a full route including arriving at the destination airfield. In addition, 80% of the students took the opportunity to draft their flying scholarship applications.  A worthwhile weekend for all the cadets concerned and a satisfaction of a job well done by the volunteer staff”.