It May Have Been the Holidays But…
It may have been the Easter Holidays but the cadets from 1440 (Shoreham-by-Sea) Squadron, Air Training Corps, didn’t let it stop them. From attending a camp at RAF Brize Norton to flying, to a private helicopter flying display, the cadets have been doing it all!
Starting at the beginning of the holiday Cadet Corporal Morgan Buchanan-Wilson (aged 16 from Lancing) and Adult Sergeant Naomi Easterbrook joined cadets and staff from across Sussex for the first of the year’s annual camps at the Royal Air Force’s largest station, RAF Brize Norton. During the week-long camp they took in visits to various parts of the station including the Fire Section and the Survival Equipment Section where they learned about how the RAF’s aircrews are equipped and trained to deal with emergency situations. They visited the RAF Police Flight to learn how they work together with the RAF Regiment to protect bases and aircraft and spent time with each of the flying squadrons at the base, visiting their respective aircraft, including the Airbus A400M Atlas. To top off a great week the cadets were incredibly fortunate to be able to “fly” the RAF’s multi million-pound Atlas simulator! Morgan, who has been an Air Cadet since 2015, said: “The camp at Brize Norton was great. We spent the week learning lots about the different parts that make up an RAF base; we got to visit the different aircraft based there but the best thing of all was being able to use the Atlas simulator.”
Not to be outdone, Cadet Corporal Rosie Dyett (13) and Cadets Josef Ramet (15), Ethan Remorino (15), Zachary Herring (14) and Josef Tryantoro (13) spent a day with No 2 Air Experience Flight at the home of the Empire Test Pilots’ School, MoD Boscombe Down. The cadets were there to fly and after a full safety briefing, they got to take to the skies in the RAF basic trainer the Grob Tutor. Each cadet was given a flight that latest approximately 30 minutes where they had the chance to take the controls of the aircraft and to experience aerobatics (but only if they wanted to!). Rosie said: “I absolutely loved flying in the Tutor. I was really nervous to start but my pilot was really great and showed me that there was nothing to worry about – I even did a loop!” Ethan added: “I really want to fly when I’m older so the opportunity to fly with the cadets is great. I can’t wait until the next time!” Adult Sergeant Charlotte Paynter said: “The cadets really enjoyed their flights and it was really good to see how they were able to put the things they’ve learned at the Squadron into practice.”
As if all that wasn’t enough the Squadron spent an evening at Shoreham Airport as the guests of Shoreham Helicopters Ltd where they were treated to a tour of one of their aircraft by the company’s Captain Andrew Wood. Andrew spent time with the cadets explaining how helicopters fly, what the different controls do and how they operate; building on things they learn as part of their ongoing syllabus of training. Having gone through the theory Andrew treated the cadets and staff to their very own private flying display where he demonstrated exactly what his helicopter could do. Back on the ground there was just time to grab a team photo and Andrew pulled another surprise by rewarding Cadet Katie Atkinson (14) with the promise of a trial flight! Katie said: “I’m so happy to have won the flight in the helicopter – It’s a real dream come true and I can’t wait to go up!”