Flying

Flying is probably the activity most associated with Air Cadets for obvious reasons and is one of the most enjoyable activities offered within the Air Training Corps. As part of Ringwood and Fordingbridge Squadron you will fly at 2 AEF Boscombe Down in Wiltshire. A typical flight will last around 30 minutes with great flexibility as to what you get up too. Whether you want to learn to fly a powered aircraft, follow through on a touch and go, experience the thrill of aerobatics or just admire the view, every flight is unique and exactly what you want it to be.

After you have learnt the basic controls of the aircraft you will be able to fly the plane and carry out manoeuvres. For those thrill seekers out there I highly recommend asking your pilot to teach you some aerobatics. After the pilot demonstrates how the manoeuvre is done you will even be allowed to try it for yourself. Now how many people do you know that can say they flew a victory roll over Stonehenge or did a fly past their own squadron.

Flying Scholarships

Prove that you have the aptitude for flying and you could bag yourself a prestigious flying scholarship. There are several scholarships available to air cadets each year. These are sponsored by the Royal Aero Club, the Air League Educational Trust, the RAF Charitable Trust, the Geoffrey DeHaviland Foundation, Babcock Defence Services, RAFA and the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators. For many cadets these courses are the stepping stone to their PPL - Private Pilots Licence - and potentially a career as a pilot with the RAF, the Royal Navy, Army or commercial airlines. Some cadets achieve their PPLs before they even get their driving licence, so the sky really is the limit!