At the age of 16 cadets can apply for a Gliding Scholarship which awards a cadet roughly 40 launches for them to carry out further training on the aircraft and if deemed competent they will undertake a first solo. Successful completion of this course entitles a cadet to wear Silver Wings.
If the first solo is good then cadets can be recommended to complete an Advanced Glider Training course (AGT). This consists of 5 solo flights and advanced training including crosswind landings and advanced turns. Successful completion of this course entitles a cadet to wear Gold Wings
If cadets still show good potential they could have the opportunity to become Flight Staff Cadets (FSC) at their local VGS where the undertake training to become a Gliding Instructor and be responsible for instructing other cadets, whilst being a cadet themselves!
The Grob Viking Glider
A Grob Viking being launched
Once cadets have reached the age of 13 and 3 months they can take part in gliding at a Volunteer Gliding Squadron (VGS).
RAFAC operate a conventional glider, the Grob Viking, which are high performance modern gliders designed for Basic Training. These are operated by 2 Flying Training School (2FTS), based at RAF Syerston and locally at 15 VGS’ across the country,
Cadets will be given the opportunity to do a 'Gliding Induction Course' (GIC) in the efforts to achieve their Blue and Bronze Gliding Wings. Cadets start by undertaking theoretical training, progressing onto a Part Task Trainer simulator in order for cadets to practice the theory before going airborne in a Glider. Each part of the course focuses on using a different control surface of the aircraft which cadets learn and practice.
In addition to flying cadets must help to launch aircraft by attaching cables and holding wing tips. Safety is very important and cadets will have a thorough briefing including a safety video and hangar briefing.