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We do a host of different activities in the Air Training Corps and we try to enable every cadet...

Gliding

Gliding has always been an important part of Air Cadet activities. At first training was in (or rather on!) single seat Primary gliders, usually launched by a team of fit young men pulling on an elastic rope called a bungee. This resulted in some fit cadets, but not much flying as the glider would only get a few feet off the ground.

Clearly teaching cadets in an aircraft where the first flight was also the first solo had health and safety limitations and the ATC soon moved on to the two-seat open cockpit Sedburgh and Kirby Cadet Mk3 aircraft. These were the backbone of Air Cadet gliding for nearly four decades; launched by a winch (at first a redundant barrage balloon winch, but later a specially built unit) which, in the case of the Cadet Mk3, normally gave just enough height for a circuit, approach and landing and not much more.

Air cadet gliding is now of two types. Either the tandem-seat Viking conventional glider, normally winch launched to a height of 1500ft which gives a flight of about 15 minutes (or more if the weather permits soaring). The other form of modern Air Cadet gliding is in the Vigilant self launching motor glider. The Vigilant is really a small powered aircraft that has many glider like attributes such as a good glide angle and the ability to soar with the engine off in suitable weather. Clearly, with an engine it is possible to make flights much longer even if the weather is not soar able.

Cadets first experience gliding on a Glider Induction Training (normally shortened to GIC) visit to a Volunteer Gliding Squadron (VGS). Typically these visit are for a party of four cadets and last half a day. At a Vigilant equipped VGS each cadet will get one flight lasting up to half an hour. At a Viking equipped VGS the cadets usually get a series of shorter flights unless the weather is suitable for a longer soaring flight. On a GIC flight cadets will get a first taste of flying and will be taught the effects of the controls so they can fly the aircraft for a short while.

When a Cadet is over 16 and considered suitable they can be selected for a Gliding Scholarship or GS course. Usually these take place at weekends, the cadet attending on either Saturday or Sunday until the course is completed. Sometimes cadets are offered a continuous course for a whole week staying at the VGS.

The GS course is to solo standard and involves between 8 and ten hours flying. Cadets completing the course are awarded the Bronze Air Cadet Gliding Badge. Cadets considered to have progressed sufficiently are sent solo and awarded the Silver Air Cadet Gliding badge.

Cadets who have made exceptional progress my be given an advanced course with more instruction and solo flying and be awarded the Gold wings of Advanced Glider Training (AGT).

There are some opportunities for cadets to become Staff Cadets at the VGS and progress eventually to becoming an instructor. With very few exceptions VGS staff started gliding as cadets.

 

 

Sqn HQ Address

332 (High Wycombe) Squadron HQ

Kennedy Avenue

High Wycombe 
HP11 1BY

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Contact

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332@aircadets.org