Every air cadet gets the opportunity to have an AEF(Air experience flight). The aircraft of choice for air cadet flying is the Grob Tutor. It has great visibility from its large canopy and is agile enough to allow it to perform full aerobatics. You'll soon feel right at home in the Tutor and hungry for more flight time. As you progress through your air cadet career you will get the opportunity to prove that you have the aptitude for flying and bag yourself a prestigious flying scholarship.
Adventure Training is an essential part of the Air Cadet's training syllabus and the place where team effort really matters. Between local activities and visits to camps, you will have the chance to experience kayaking, hill walking, camping, caving, mountain biking, offshore sailing and winter sports to name just a few.
DUKE OF EDINBURGH AWARD
You may have heard of the Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE), but don't know what it is or weather it's for you. Well, it is for everyone who likes a challenge, the DofE takes you through a programme of activities that will leave you more confident, motivated and capable person. There are three levels which when complete lead to a Bronze, Silver and Gold award.
As an air cadet you can take part in seven main sports at different levels - athletics, cross country, football, rugby, hockey, netball and swimming. Whatever you do it'll help improve your physical fitness levels and your team skills. If you're good enough at your favourite sport we'll notice, and can help you take it to the next level.
DRILL & CEREMONIAL, SQUADRON BAND
Drill and parades are an important part of cadet life, with a major part to play in Remembrance Sunday parades, Battle of Britain Parades and other events. Getting involved in music is a great way of socialising and of promoting the ACO wherever you play to the public. If you show real talent you could take your playing to the next level in wing or regional bands or even the National Marching Band.
Whatever level you are as a cadet, you'll have the opportunity to try your hand at military skills and drills. That means rifle shooting and field craft. We’ll teach you to handle a variety of weapons safely. Progress through the course and you'll experience different types of weapons and could even take part in shooting competitions if you really prove your skills.
Do you have a flair for music? It plays a popular role in the life of cadets and playing as part of your squadron band is highly rewarding. Our aims are to introduce you to music within the cadets, provide you with musical instruction and the opportunity to play in our bands. If you show real talent you could take your playing to the next level in wing or regional bands or even the National Marching Band which is being formed over the next year. Ultimately, you could join the National Concert Band – where our best players perform at public events often at some very prestigious locations such as Buckingham Palace!
SPACE & CYBER
The Open University Launch Pad Space Award for the Air Cadets
The syllabus concentrates on the applications of technology developed for space travel. Things you will cover are layers of the earths atmosphere and where space begins, examples of key benefits of space technology by exploring what space exploration has brought down to earth and how we look from space. That's just for starters as there are multiple levels of learning.