• Squadron Band

    The Squadron Maintains a very active pipe band. If you have a talent for music, or you would like to try something new, then why not try the band?

  • Flying

    If you want to learn to fly, then the air cadets is the best place to start. Not only do we train you in avation studies, and get you flying but you can also go on flying scholarships that count towards a private pilots licence.

  • Gliding

    Have you ever wanted to try one of the simplest forms of flying? The Air Cadets sends hundreds of young people gliding every year, and with a Gliding Scholarship you can fly solo at in a glider at the age of 16! Even before you can drive!


Gliding is a popular activity within the Air Cadets. This contains information on our Gliders and Gliding Opportunities in the Air Cadets. There is also the opportunity to attend a Gliding Scholarship for cadets over the age of 16 - allowing them the opportunity to fly solo - for most before they have even passed their driving test!


VikingThe backbone of the winch-launch fleet is the Grob 103 or as we know it, the Viking. A two seat glider used for GIC, GS and AGT training. The Viking has no engine and is accelerated to its flying speed by different means. One method is aerotowing whereby a powered aircraft acts as a tug and pulls the glider off the ground and up to a predetermined height by means of a towing cable. However, as a cadet, it is unlikely that you will experience this method of launching a glider. If you are affiliated to a Viking school you will experience the winch launch. A winch (picture left) is a series of drums on which are about 1,500 metres of strong, flexible, steel cable. The winch is powered by a powerful turbo engine. A series of signals is given from the launch point caravan, instructing the winch driver when to launch. The cable is initially drawn in slowly to remove any slack in the cable, this signal consists of a slow flashing light and the signal is called ''take up slack''. When the cable is taut the winch driver receives another signal called ''all out'' at this point the winch driver applies a lot more power to launch the glider into the air. When the glider has reached its desired height the cable is released by the pilot and falls to earth, steadied by a parachute. It is then reeled in by the winch before the next launch. The height the glider achieves depends on the wind strength, the speed at which the cable is being wound onto the drum and the length of the cable. A winch launch normally lasts between 5-6 minutes. However, in the warmer months the pilot can use thermals (warm rising air) to stay aloft for longer periods of time. The pilot will try to circle in the thermal to gain height.



Grob TutorAir Cadets have the opportunity to fly with Royal Air Force pilots in Grob Tutor aircraft. Flying takes place at one of 12 Air Experience Flights (AEFs) where cadets are shown how the aircraft flies and given the chance to control the aeroplane, experience aerobatics or simply admire the view. All Air Cadets get the opportunity to fly with the AEF each year.

AEF: What to expect

Your first trip to the AEF is an exciting time - although can seem a little daunting and nervous for some. You have no reason to worry - the flight training with the ATC is very safe, and you will be fully briefed at every step of the way. You will have either a morning or afternoon "detail", and you will be briefed on when to arrive at squadron to get transport. You will need to wear your blue uniform with boots. You will need to bring a pair of soft soled shoes with you (trainers), some food, drink (preferably water or still drinks rather than fizzy drinks!) and a book to read (if you like that sort of thing!). If you have a cold, or have had one recently, you should let a member of staff know as soon as possible. When you arrive, you will be escorted into the briefing room and shown a safety video. Regardless of how many times you have been flying, you will still need to watch this video in case anything has changed. It also provides you a recap of the safety procedures. After the briefing you will be allowed to watch videos & DVD's and await your turn in the aircraft.



L98 A2 Cadet RifleCadets have the opportunity of firing a variety of rifles on firing ranges.

The No. 8

Initially cadets learn on the Lee Enfield No. 8 .22 rifle. Here they learn about Weapons Safety, Weapons handling and learn and develop their marksmanship principles.


Duke of Edinburgh Award

The Air Cadets are the largest operator of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme in the UK. More young people gain their award here than anywhere else.

The scheme is about challenging youngsters aged 14 to 24 to better themselves. Very much in line with the aims of the Air Cadets. The award has three stages, Bronze, Silver and Gold. At each stage the person is challenged to do better than they did before.





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. There are frequent tournaments between squadrons, where the best players are selected to represent the wing. The same then happens for the region, with wings competing against each other and the best players making up the regional team. If you make it through each of those selections then you're good. Really good. You'll be at the top of your game and will have a shot at representing the entire cadet corps, nationally and even internationally. Mixing work and play is at the heart of the Air Cadets. Getting stuck into sport is fun, and you'll build friendships and learn how to use your strengths to best effect in a team. And it doesn't stop at the sports we've mentioned.


When do you meet?

Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 1900-2130 hours, and there's nearly always something going on at a weekend to get involved in. We're open every Tuesday and Thursday of the year, excluding Bank Holidays, and we also have a break around Christmas time, but we're open throughout the rest of the year, including over school holidays.

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