Ely cadets take off at visit to the gliding school at Swanton Morley

PUBLISHED: 12:48 20 August 2018

First class cadet James Munday, from 1094 (City of Ely) Squadron attended the air cadet volunteer gliding school at Swanton Morley Airfield.

First class cadet James Munday, from 1094 (City of Ely) Squadron attended the air cadet volunteer gliding school at Swanton Morley Airfield.

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A report from one of the younger cadets at 1094 (City of Ely) Squadron, first class cadet James Munday, about his visit to volunteer gliding school.

Cadet Polly Nickless, from 1094 (City of Ely) Squadron attended the air cadet volunteer gliding school at Swanton Morley Airfield.Cadet Polly Nickless, from 1094 (City of Ely) Squadron attended the air cadet volunteer gliding school at Swanton Morley Airfield.

On Saturday (August 18) cadet Polly Nickless and I went to the air cadet volunteer gliding school at Swanton Morley airfield.

We had been selected to attend the three hour part task trainer (PTT) gliding simulator course as part of our blue wings aviation training package.

We both enjoyed the course tremendously and we learnt more about gliding and aviation in general.

We were then given the opportunity to put into practice our theory lessons and gain experience using the Viking glider simulator.

The air cadet volunteer gliding school at Swanton Morley Airfield.The air cadet volunteer gliding school at Swanton Morley Airfield.

We both were successful in flying simulated take offs, circuits and landings.

The course covered glider instruments and controls, the control surface of gliders, features of airfields and the clock code used by pilots to identify the position of other aircraft in order to ensure safety in the air.

We would both strongly recommend any cadet to put their names forward for these courses.

Now all we have to do to obtain our blue gliding wings badges is to attend a volunteer gliding school for our first flight in a glider.

First class cadet James Munday, from 1094 (City of Ely) Squadron attended the air cadet volunteer gliding school at Swanton Morley Airfield.
First class cadet James Munday, from 1094 (City of Ely) Squadron attended the air cadet volunteer gliding school at Swanton Morley Airfield.

Ely air cadets are currently recruiting!

If you are aged between 12 and 17 and would like to join James and Polly, their air cadet friends and start your own adventure with the air cadets then go along to your local air cadet squadron and find out more.

All squadron’s meet on two evenings a week where cadets are trained in preparation for all the free activities provided by the Royal Air Force air cadets.

Ely Squadron meet at 7.30pm Mondays and Thursdays at The Cadet Centre, Heaton Drive, Ely, CB7 4RS (behind Ely Hospital which used to be RAF Ely).

You can find your nearest squadron to where you live by simply clicking this link below and entering your postcode:

https://www.raf.mod.uk/aircadets/want-to-join/

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