How We Do It
Air Cadets regularly have the opportunity to fly with Royal Air Force pilots in a small light aircraft known as the Grob Tutor T1 (shown at right). Flying takes place at one of the Air Experience Flight (AEF) unit’s located around the UK, on an RAF station. Cadets are first given a briefing of what to expect by one of the RAF pilots, along with a safety demonstration and the opportunity to ask questions. When your turn comes to fly, you'll be taken to be kitted out in a flight suit, and then guided out to the aircraft by one of the ground crew. The pilot then takes off, will then show you how the aircraft flies. You will be given the chance to control the aircraft, experience aerobatics or simply admire the view and talk to the pilot about their experiences. All Air Cadets get the opportunity to fly with the AEF at a minimum of once each year, each flight lasting around 25 minutes. Additionally, Air Cadets get plenty of opportunity to fly in a variety of other RAF aircraft when attending Annual Camps at RAF stations. Cadets can later apply for a Flying Scholarship and Air Cadet Pilot Navigation Scheme courses to gain 'wings' to wear on their uniform (see below). You could end up being able to fly an aircraft before you have even learnt to drive! Flying Scholarships are normally taken at a flying club, and take you within reach of gaining a Private Pilots Licence. There are also possibilities for Air Cadets to fly in fast jets such as Tornado's and Hawk's. This is normally to give recognition of a great personal achievement.