Flying & Gliding Courses

 

The Air Cadet Organisation is unique in that it offers the widest range of aviation qualifications of any youth organisation in the UK. If you are interested in either flying, gliding or a more adventurous course such as parachuting there is something to suit every cadet. Below are the courses available to you as a cadet including any eligibility requirements, what to expect on the course and what you will achieve on completion

Flying Courses

Air Cadet Pilot Scheme

Overview

Flying Scholarship Badge

The Air Cadet Pilot Scheme (ACPS) is one of the most sought after flying courses within the Air Cadet Organisation. Successful applicants are awarded up to 12 hours of flying training which may include a solo flight. The hours accumulated also count towards gaining a Private Pilot’s License (PPL).

 

Eligibility

  • Minimum age 16 years old at the start of the course
  • Achieved gliding solo standard (‘Silver Wings’) in their Gliding Scholarship
  • Hold or be predicted a grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics
  • Parental consent to attend the course
  • Be able to attend a 14-day residential course
  • Be a member of the ATC or CCF(RAF) at least until the training is completed

 

Course Content

Air Cadet Light Aircraft Course (ACLAC) – Twelve-hours flying training up to and just beyond first solo in light aircraft at civilian flying schools.

 

Air Cadet AEF Course (ACAEFC) – Ten-hours flying training at an RAF Air Experience Flight (AEF). Currently, this course does not include solo flight, but does expose the student to aspects of applied Service flying, including advanced handling and low-level flying skills

 

Application Process

Selection for the ACPS is based on a formal application which can be made at any time as long as you meet the eligibility criteria. Selection for the course is made throughout the year with successful candidates being made aware in January.

If you have completed the Air Cadet Pilot Navigation Scheme or any other flying scholarship you will not be selected for this course.

Air Cadet Pilot Navigation Scheme

Overview

Pilot Navigator Badge

The Air Cadet Pilot Navigation Scheme (ACNPS) is different from the Pilot Scheme in that it’s focus is mainly on air navigation.During the two-week course you will be based at an RAF Station Air Experience Flight (AEF) where staff will teach you the skills of navigation, how to create flight plans and up to 8 hours of flying.. This course also features an assessment based on the Air Navigation subject.

 

Eligibility

  • Minimum age 16 years old
  • Have passed the Air Navigation subject
  • Hold or be predicted a grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics
  • Parental consent to attend the course
  • Be able to attend a 14-day residential course at an RAF Station

 

Course Content

  • Maps, charts and terminology
  • Fuel planning
  • Radio bearings
  • Planning, altimeter and safe altitudes
  • Dalton computer
  • Eight flying exercises including navigational exercises at different flight levels, the effects of wind, diverting and returning to base.

 

Application Process

If you wish to apply for the Pilot Navigation Scheme you can do via your CO at any time as long as you meet the above eligibility criteria. Selection is held in January and courses are normally awarded during the Easter and Summer Camp period. Selection for a place on the Pilot Navigation Scheme will be based on your performance on your Gliding Scholarship.

If you have completed the Air Cadet Pilot Scheme or any other flying scholarship you will not be selected for this course.

Gliding Courses

Gliding Induction Courses

Overview
A Gliding Induction Course(GIC) could be your first experience of flying in a small aircraft. The aim of the course is to give you an introduction into how to safely operate a small aircraft and what happens to that aircraft when you move the control column. The GIC is broken down into three modules which may take a number of visits to the Volunteer Gliding Squadron (VGS) to complete.

 

Eligibility

  • Minimum Age 13 Years 3 Months
  • Parental consent to fly signed in your 3822
  • No medical condition that would make flying unsafe for yourself or your pilot

 

Course Content

GIC1

  • A flight in the local area covering general handling of the aircraft
  • Introduction to normal glide attitude
  • Pitch up and down using the elevator

GIC2

  • Revise pitching up and down using the elevator
  • Use Ailerons to roll left and right
  • Flight is done in the local area as per GIC1

GIC3

  • Revision of controls learnt in GIC’s 1&2
  • Use of rudder to YAW the aircraft
  • Demonstration of a stall

At the end of each GIC you will be awarded a certificate that details the lessons covered during your flights. The GIC will give you a good idea of what to expect from a Gliding Scholarship

 

Application Process

To apply for a GIC speak to your Squadron Instructor in charge of Flying and Gliding and ask them to place you on the list for Gliding. When the Squadron is allocated gliding as long as you meet the eligibility criteria you may be selected to attend based on your performance on Squadron.

 

Joining Instructions

Here you will find attached the joining instructions for the Gliding Induction Course at 612 Volunteer Gliding Squadron

Gliding Induction Course Joining Instructions

Gliding Scholarship

Overview

Gliding Scholarship - Blue Wings

The Gliding Scholarship (GS) is the ideal course if you are interested in learning how to fly a small aircraft to ‘solo’ standard. The GS takes place over a number of weekends depending on the weather and how quickly you progress through the training. Whilst a very demanding course the GS teaches you how to control the aircraft both in the air and on the ground and even allows you the opportunity to fly the glider solo.

Gliding Scholarship - Silver Wings

 

Eligibility

  • Minimum Age 16 Years
  • Parental consent to fly signed in your 3822
  • RAF Medical Form 6424 completed (if you have a medical condition, you can be assessed for glider pilot training by forwarding, via your unit, to HQAC for further consideration)
  • No medical condition that would make flying unsafe for yourself or your pilot
  • High level of motivation to complete the course which runs over a number of weekends.

 

Course Content

  • Airfield Discipline & Safety
  • Introduction to the aircraft
  • Revisit effects of controls (covered under the GIC)
  • Take off procedures or winch launching
  • Approach and landings
  • Stalling
  • Circuits
  • Launch failures/engine failures
  • Pre-Solo Checks and first solo (subject to achieving the required standard and having enough time allocation)

On completion of your Gliding Scholarship you will be awarded one of two types of ‘wings’

  • ‘Blue wings’ – Completed Gliding Scholarship, not met the required standard for solo flight
  • ‘Silver Wings’ – Achieved the standards required and undertaken a solo flight

 

 

Application Process

To apply for a Gliding Scholarship you must meet all the above eligibility criteria. If you are eligible speak to your Squadron staff member in charge of flying and gliding who will provide you with consent and medical forms for the course.

 

Joining Instructions

Here you will find attached the joining instructions for the Gliding Scholarship at 612 Volunteer Gliding Squadron

Gliding Scholarship Joining Instructions

Advanced Glider Training (AGT)

Overview
Advanced Glider Training BadgeOn completion of a Gliding Scholarship you may be selected to return to the Volunteer Gliding Squadron to undergo further glider training. The Advanced Glider Training (AGT) course provides students who achieve ‘Silver Wings’ on their Gliding Scholarship the opportunity to learn more about controlling a small aircraft.

 

Eligibility

  • Minimum Age 16 Years
  • Above average rating on your Gliding Scholarship (Silver Wings)
  • Parental consent to fly signed in your 3822
  • RAF Medical Form 6424 completed (if you have a medical condition, you can be assessed for glider pilot training by forwarding, via your unit, to HQAC for further consideration)
  • No medical condition that would make flying unsafe for yourself or your pilot
  • High level of motivation to complete the course which runs over a number of weekends.

 

Course Content

  • Advanced turning techniques
  • Advanced landing techniques
  • Advanced navigation skills
  • 5 solo circuits

 

Application Process

The AGT course is only available to those cadets who achieve their Gliding Scholarship to ‘Silver Wings’ standards and have been recommended to undertake further training. Most cadets who wish to complete their AGT also become a Flight Staff Cadet at the VGS they wish to train with. This involves committing regular weekends to helping the Volunteer Gliding Squadron to run efficiently.

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