At the age of 13 and 3 months cadets are permitted to take part in powered flying with the RAF. Cadets can visit an 'Air Experience Flight', normally at an active RAF Station and fly in the Grob Tutor, the RAF basic training aircraft.
Prior to getting airborne, all cadets will watch a safety video and be tested on it. They will also have to prove they understand evacuation and parachute procedures.
Cadets start by learning the basic flying controls of the aircraft, then practice flying it by themselves. However, at all stages, they will be accompanied by an experienced pilot.
Weather permitting, cadets might have the opportunity to experience the thrill of aerobatics. With further flying cadets will start to learn more advanced flying.
Flying in the ATC is an activity that is paid for centrally, therefore there is no additional cost to the cadet.
At the age of 16 and after a Gliding Scholarship cadets can apply for a Flying Scholarship. There are 4 different courses available of which cadets can pick one, they are:
* Light aircraft
A 450 Sqn cadet getting into the Grob Tutor at RAF Benson
The light aircraft course offers 12 hours free flying training with a first solo at the end. The AEF course offers 10 hours of flying training with the Grob Tutor. The navigation course offers 10 hours navigation training. The Microlight course offers 10 hours Microlight training with a first solo at the end.
The successful completion of a course allows you to wear your wings.
On rare occasions cadets might have the opportunity to fly in other RAF aircraft such as the Chinook, Puma, Sea King, Tri-Star, Hercules, Tucano and Nimrod.
A Grob Tutor in flight