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Flying

Air Cadets have the opportunity to fly with Royal Air Force pilots in Tutor aircraft. We generally fly from 6AEF based at RAF Benson. Cadets are shown how the aircraft flies and given the chance to control the aeroplane, experience aerobatics or simply admire the view. AEF aircraft are flown by volunteer pilots, all of whom are current or former service pilots.

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Opportunity Flights

Apart from the AEF aircraft, many Air Cadets also get the opportunity of flying in a variety of other RAF aircraft.

Some lucky individuals are put forward for passenger flights in 'fast jets'.

During their 'careers' many Air Cadets will have flown in a variety of Service aeroplanes and helicopters - sometimes in the capacity of Supernumerary Crew. It is not unusual for some of these flights to include trips overseas. Most of these flights take place during Annual Camps when Cadets visit an RAF Station.

Those Air Cadets with an aptitude for flying can apply for a number of courses, including Flying and Gliding Scholarships.

As well as flying in military aircraft there are also regular opportunities for Squadrons to put forward Cadets for flights with Civil Airlines. Cadets get to join the crew in the cockpit for these flights and follow the action from the 'jump seat'.

These have been temporarily suspended as a result of the Sept 11th tragedies.

 

Flying scholarships

There are 3 types of courses for more information click here