Where do we go Flying ?
Primarily we go flying at 10 AEF (Air Experience Flight) at RAF Woodvale near Southport.
About 10 AEF
10 Air Experience Flight (AEF) is one of twelve such units run by the Air Cadet Organisation of the Royal Air Force. It was formed in the 1950s, along with other AEFs, to teach basic flying to members of the Air Training Corps (ATC), Combined Cadet Force (CCF) (Royal Air Force) Section. It mainly flies cadets from the local wings of Cumbria and North Lancashire Wing|Cumbria and North Lancashire (the North Lancashire half only as the Cumbrian half use 11 AEF at RAF Leeming, due to the distance from RAF Woodvale), Greater Manchester Wing, Merseyside Wing, No. 2 Welsh Wing, the East Lancashire Wing, CCF contingents and Air Scouts. It will also fly cadets on annual camp at RAF Valley, when it will sometimes send an aircraft to RAF Mona for a day to fly the cadets on camp there. This increases the chance of flying for all cadets and cuts the road journey from RAF Valley to RAF Woodvale. Air cadets and CCF sections from Northern Ireland also fly at Woodvale.
What do we fly?
The Grob G115 Tutor
With the retirement of the Scottish Aviation Bulldog T.1 from Royal Air Force University Air Squadrons (UASs) and Air Experience Flights (AEFs), a new system was put in place for the provision of the UAS and AEF flying tasks. Aircraft were to be owned and operated by private industry, contracted to the Ministry of Defence (MoD). The aircraft chosen for this task was the Grob 115E, designated Tutor T1 by the MoD. The Tutor fleet is owned and maintained by a civilian company, Babcock, and carry British civilian registrations under a Private Finance Initiative (PFI) scheme, painted overall white with blue flashes and UK Military Aircraft roundels.
The final AEF to receive the Tutor was 10 AEF based at RAF Woodvale in Merseyside, in 2001. 10 AEF was incidentally also the last AEF to receive the Bulldog in 1996, replacing the Chipmunk.
Blue Aviation Training Package (ATP)
The Blue ATP introduces cadets to aeronautical concepts including the primary and further effects of controls, lift vectors and airfield procedures . There are 4 elements to the training:
Cadet Aviation Familiarisation Course (FAM)
Part Task Trainer (PTT)
An airborne sortie
Bronze Aviation Training Package (ATP)
Following on from the Blue ATP, the Bronze ATP consists of 3 elements to further develop aviation knowledge:
Ground school elements will revise primary effects of control and introduce attitude maintenance and selection and cockpit drills
PTT training will focus on trimming, normal approach and circuit, undershooting and overshooting approaches
Airborne sorties at an AEF will demonstrate FRC drills, datum attitude and stability, medium turns and the approach and landing
Air Cadets Pilot Navigation Training Scheme (ACPNTS) Silver Wing
The Silver ACPNTS provides 8 hours of flying training at an Air Experience Flight (AEF) There are 2 elements to this training:
Experience aspects of applied Service flying
Experience aspects of applied Service navigation
Air Cadets Pilot Scholarship (ACPS) Gold Wings
The Gold ACPS provides 12 hours of flying training in a single engine piston aircraft
Training completed at a civilian flying training school accredited by the Central Flying School (CFS)
Training has the potential to lead to a first solo flight
Air Cadets Air Experience Flight Course (ACAEFC) Gold Wings
The Gold ACAEFC course provides 10 hours of flying training at an RAF Air Experience Flight (AEF)
Cadets will experience aspects of applied Service flying, including advanced handling and low level flying
Although parity with standardised military aviation cannot be assured, individuals who have completed civilian flying scholarships may be awarded the Air Cadet Civilian (CIV) wings in recognition of their efforts.