Ten cadets have put their aviation training to the best possible use this February, after taking to the skies to do aerobatics over Oxfordshire.
The cadets were offered Air Experience Flying with 6 AEF, based at RAF Benson. After a long journey to get up to the Station, they completed their mandatory safety training, and got kitted out with the full flying equipment â€“ including the by now obligatory sunglasses for posing with. Photos from the day can be seen
In perfect flying conditions, the cadets â€“ all on their first flight with the Air Cadet Organisation – were able to choose from a variety of advanced flying techniques or sightseeing â€“ giving real scope to all the work they have done in the classroom to understand how flying works.
This was the first time that cadets were able to complete the â€œPre AEFâ€ course on the Flight Simulator ahead of their flight. This was important in helping them to have a much better understanding of how their flight would feel and to be familiar with the instruments and the cockpit before they flew. Of course, being on Station at RAF Benson also offers the chance to see lots of Royal Air Force at work – with moving helicopters, and lots of other aircraft transiting through the area.
Letâ€™s hope this is the first of many flights for each of the cadets involved, and helps them on their goals of aviation careers or just inspiring them to keep training!