Ready for take off - Ely cadets in flight simulator course
PUBLISHED: 13:03 24 September 2018 | UPDATED: 13:03 24 September 2018
Ely cadets from 1094 (City of Ely) Squadron took part in a valuable flight simulator course to train them to become pilots.
It took place at 614 VGS -volunteer gliding squadron- as part of their progressive training syllabus.
Cadet flight sergeant Rory Donoghue, who accompanied his junior cadets on the course, said: “Visiting 614 Squadron at Swanton Morley this weekend was a fantastic opportunity for some of our younger cadets.
“Before a recruit first joins the air cadets the thought of them flying in a glider -with an instructor- let alone taking control and flying themselves must seem like a daunting prospect.
“But the Air Cadet progressive training syllabus means that even the youngest cadets are taught in a step by step manner that builds towards their first flight so it’s far more than just a ‘joy ride’.
The staff at 614 Squadron are all eagerly awaiting the arrival of their newly refurbished gliders, but in the meantime they are giving up their weekends to train cadets on the Part Task Trainers.
“We all had a great day and the cadets learned so much from the pilot instructors,” Flt. Sgt Donoghue continued.
“You’d think from their smiles on the cadets faces that they had been flying in the air rather than on the ground in flight simulators, that’s how interesting the VGS Staff made the day for them.
“We can’t wait to visit Swanton Morley again and get airborne either virtually or for real”
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Ely Royal Air Force Air Cadets are holding an Open Night for new recruits aged from 12 to 17 years old at their headquarters in Heaton Drive, Ely CB6 4RS on Wednesday October 3 at 8pm.