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Gliding Dreams Comes Closer for Shoreham Air Cadets

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Despite last weekend’s chilly weather three cadets from 1440 (Shoreham-by-Sea) Squadron came a step closer to realising their dreams of gliding when they spent the day at the former Battle of Britain airfield at RAF Kenley in Surrey. Corporal Michael Gray (14), Corporal Rosie Dyett (13) and Cadet Joseph Ramet (15) travelled to Kenley, the home of 615 Volunteer Gliding Squadron, to become the latest in a long line of Air Cadets to pass through their doors to begin their gliding experience.

Gliding is one of the RAF Air Cadets core activities and the team were at Kenley to beginning their training to earn their “wings.” The three spent time in the hanger with qualified gliding instructors, looking over the two-seat Grob Viking T1 glider that has been used to fly cadets for many years. They learnt about how the aircraft gets into the sky and more importantly what keeps them there without engines! They also learnt how an operational gliding airfield works and how they fit in to the bigger picture.

The cadets were all itching to get into the air but, as with all things, they needed to start at the beginning which for them this meant time firmly on the ground! The cadets were able to take control of the Viking simulator together with one of the instructor team where they were able to put into practice some of the theory they had learnt earlier in the day. Rosie, from Shoreham, said: “When it was my turn to go into the simulator, I was a bit nervous to start with but my instructor was really good and it was great fun!” Joseph added: “We learn about the principles of flight at the Squadron, but it has been great to be able to actually see how it all works and experience it for myself. I can’t wait to get into the air for real!”

Sergeant Leslie Ackerman, an adult volunteer at 1440 Squadron said: “By starting the cadets off using a simulator on the ground, they are able to understand the basics of how aircraft fly and what the controls do to affect that. This makes for a much better experience when they do take to the skies.”

Passing the Ground School element of their gliding training means that the team can now progress, take to the air and put into practice some of the things they learnt in the coming months.

Do you think you’ve got what it takes to be an Air Cadet, Adult Volunteer or member of our Support Committee? 1440 Squadron are keen to recruit young people aged between 12 (and in Year 8 at school) to 18 as well as adults who are keen to help us deliver the best opportunities to our cadets. Interested? Drop us an e-mail at 1440@aircadets.org


2018: A Year of Achievement for Shoreham Air Cadets

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As 2018 draws to a close, it gives us the opportunity to reflect back on all of our achievements over the past 12 months.

2018 was a busy year for us; seeing lots of new cadets join, adult personnel changes, camps and qualifications earned.

The year started with a new communications mast being erected at the squadron HQ in Eastern Avenue, Adult Sergeants Naomi Easterbrook and Charlotte Paynter transferred to the squadron, and two cadets attended a Junior Aerospace Instructors Course.

May was a busy month where we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force with the rest of Sussex Wing parading through Chichester. We enrolled five new recruits and took part in the Wing Athletics competition. Eight cadets performed with the Wing Band at the Wing Parade, with Cadet Warrant Officer (CWO) Lenny Weaver, from Lancing, leading the whole parade as Drum Major.

Over the Summer, we took part in six-a-side football, model flying, rock climbing, annual camp at RAF Wyton, and Cadet Sergeant Chloe Harber attended the National Aerospace Camp. We also saw four cadets spend time overseas: Cadet Corporal Morgan Buchanan-Wilson and Cadet Faithful Shelley went to RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus, CWO Weaver went to Canada on the International Air Cadet Exchange and finally Cadet Sergeant Charlie Harrison headed to Peru where he was part of the Sussex team who built a new accommodation and toilet block at an orphanage. Sgt Harrison was awarded the Commandant’s Commendation by the Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty CBE, for his fundraising efforts, raising money to buy musical instruments, footballs, skipping ropes and a cricket set, leaving a lasting legacy.

Also, during the summer CWO Weaver was awarded a Pilot Navigation Scholarship, spending a week flying with the RAF from Boscombe Down.

September is always busy as our cadets headed back to school, college and university. We took part in the Wing drill competition, placing a respectable 12th place. We placed well at the Wing Training Day, coming 8th out of 22 squadrons, notably placing third in the band and aircraft recognition sections of the competition. Cadets also joined colleagues from across Sussex at the former RAF Tangmere to commemorate the Battle of Britain.

October saw a big change when Flight Lieutenant Richard Sage moved on to a new post as a Wing Staff Officer and Flying Officer William Bruce took on the role of commanding officer at 1440.

In November we took part in Remembrance Day parades in Shoreham and Lancing both led by the squadron band. We rounded off the year by joining with our colleagues from 176 (Hove) Squadron at a Christmas Carol Service at St Mary de Haura Church in Shoreham.

Over the year, we enrolled 11 new cadets, promoted eight cadets, achieved 14 radio qualifications, 12 Duke of Edinburgh awards (including one Bronze and one Gold), five music badges, every cadet at the squadron is now Heart Start qualified with four going on to achieve higher first aid qualifications, four Blue Continue reading

Cadets Say Farewell to an Old Friend

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