As a member of the Air Training Corps you will receive the opportunity to fly in the RAF's basic trainer, the Grob Tutor. Whilst undertaking your flight you will be guided by a trained pilot, who will allow you to control the aircraft yourself and even perform your own aerobactics (depending on the weather).
AEF schools are located throughout the UK; these schools aim to provide each cadet with at least one flight per year. We at 2423 Treorchy squadron fly with No 1 AEF which are based at MoD St Athan.
The Air Training Corps provides training to help cadets participate in the RAF Flying Scholarship Scheme. The scheme awards 20 hours dual and 5 hours solo flying for free. Completion will see you awarded your flying scholarship badge. After that you are able to continue your instruction towards a PPL (Private Pilots Licence) at your own cost. (To participate in this scheme you must have attained the relevant criteria whislt serving within the Squadron).
Gliding is yet another opportunity for cadets to develop their flying skills. Gliding is similar to powered flight except that a glider does not use engines but thermal pockets of rising air, to keep it in the air. The two most common types of Glider are the Viking and the Vigilant.
These are flown from VGC (Volunteer Gliding Schools) throughout the UK, 2423 flies the the Vigilant (motor launched) glider from 634 VGS located at Mod St Athan.
cadets throughout the Wing also have the opportunity to fly the Viking (winch launched) glider from 625 VGS located at Hullavington.
Gliding Scholarship courses are an opportunity for cadets to undergo further training and acheive Gliding Scholarship Wings. A course consists of up to 40 launches in a Viking or 8 hours in a Vigilant to acheive GS Wings. Cadets who show the necessary aptitude, could be invited to progress to "solo" standard and hopefullly acheive the GS Solo Wings.
If a Cadet wants to participate in a Gliding Scholarship, all they need to do is speak to the Officer Commanding, and as long as the cadet has meet the necessary criteria during their cadet career, we will nominate them to our Wing Gliding Liaison Officer.
Ieally cadets shold have completed a GIC 1,2 or 3, bu it is not mandatory. However Cadets must be 16 years of age when they start the course and will need a medica form (RAF Form 6424), this must be completed by your GP.
Courses are available in two formats, either over succesive weekends until Cadets have completed the course or a continuous week-long course.
Cadets must have the commitment to attend a GS course, as it can be difficult to predict the exact time it will take to complete as it depends on their own progress and the weather.
Successful completion of the course will entitle Cadets to wear the Blue GS WIngs. For cadets showing the required aptitude, there may be the opportunity to progress further and possibly reach the solo standard. Should cadets manage this and successfully complete a solo circuit they will be entitled to wear the Silver GS Wings.