This is where the ‘Air’ is put into the Air Training Corps.
Cadets from 1895 Squadron usually will enjoy at least one powered flying session a year and quite often more than that.
We call these ‘Air Experience Flight’s’. These flights aim to give cadets experience in the air.
The flights will usually last for 30 – 40 minutes.
During this time the pilot will show you the basics of how an aircraft manoeuvres and teach you how to control the aircraft on your own.
On the first or second time you fly you may even get to experience the thrill of aerobatics which essentially turns the aircraft into a roller coaster that YOU control.
Grob Tutor G115
The Grob Tutor is the elementary flying trainer of the RAF and equips both UAS (University Air Squadron’s) and AEF (Air Experiance Flights).
Crew: Max two (typically 1 student & 1 instructor)
Length: 7.54 m (24 ft 9 in)
Wingspan: 10.0 m (32 ft 8 in)
Height: 2.4 m (7 ft 10 in)
Wing area: 12.2 m² (131.4 ft²)
Empty weight: 690 kg (1,518 lb)
Loaded weight: 55kg (121lbs)
Useful load: 320kg (705lbs)
Max takeoff weight: 990 kg (2,183 lb)
Powerplant: 1× Lycoming O-360-A1B6 4-cylinder air-cooled piston engine, 139 kW (180 hp)
Max Fuel Capacity: 143 l
Never exceed speed: 343 km/h (185 knots, 213 mph)
Cruise speed: 230 km/h (124 kn, 143 mph)
Stall speed: 96km/h (52 Kn, 60 mph)
Range: 1,150 km (620 nm, 710 miles)
Service ceiling: 3,050 m (10,000 ft)
Rate of climb: 5.3 m/s (1050 ft/min)
Gliding Induction Course
Your gliding experience kicks off at a Volunteer Gliding Squadron (VGS) flying either Vigilant motor gliders or Viking winch-launch gliders. Your focus, along with others from your ATC squadron, will be to complete the Gliding Induction Course (GIC).
Designed to give you a taste for Air Cadet Gliding, the GIC consists of three levels of instruction. On your first visit you’ll be taught the GIC 1. Later visits will cover GIC 2 and 3. In these levels you’ll learn all about aerodynamics and controlling the aircraft, first in a classroom, then taking control and practicing what you’ve learned in the air. After you’ve completed the course, you’ll be awarded a GIC certificate.
Aircraft Course level / flight time
Vigilant GIC 1 – 20 minutes GIC 2 – 25 minutes GIC 3 – 30 minutes Viking GIC 1 – 3 launches GIC 2 – 4 launches GIC 3 – 5 launches
Amongst other things, you’ll be shown, and have the chance to practice:
- How the pitch is changed
- How the rudder affects the yaw plane
- How to change the rolling plane
- What happens when the glider stalls
Don’t know what some of those terms mean? They all affect the movement of the aircraft. You’ll experience them first-hand with the guidance of your instructors who will explain all. Pretty soon you’ll know it all like the back of your hand.
Provided you have no medical conditions that could prevent you from flying safely, all you need is a high level of motivation. Prove yourself here and you can move on to a Gliding Scholarship (GS) course to continue your flight training.