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.
The Grob Tutor
Air Cadets get regular opportunities to fly in light aircraft,
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.
Some Cadets who stand out from the rest may also get the
opportunity to fly on a civil airliner or go on an overseas
flight in an RAF Tri-Star, VC10 or Hercules. One of our cadets
had a day-trip to Cyprus!
The Grob Vigilant
The Grob Vigilant is the Air Cadet's powered glider. Whilst this
might sound strange, the aircraft launches under its own power
and then cuts that power to become a glider.
Any cadet over 16 can apply for a Gliding Scholarship. They will
receive 10 hours gliding instruction and are then assessed for
their ability. The best will fly a circuit of the airfield SOLO.
The very best may be asked to come back for further instruction
so that they can go on and become instructors themselves.