RAF Linton-on-Ouse in Yorkshire is the home of the first RAC. This has been combined with North Region’s initiative of aerospace centre, which is also based at RAF Linton-on-Ouse.This has allowed the centre to not only deliver the core cadet activities of air experience flying and gliding but has also allowed this to be extended to offer aerospace activities (blue) and field craft activities (green).Cadets will have the opportunity to take part in other activities such as sport/adventure training, First Aid, shooting, mountain biking, rock climbing etc., based on a weekend of programme “Plug & Play” activities. Cadets will have the opportunity to experience a range of activities in one weekend, with minimum time wasted on the ground.Further, the centre can be used for staff training.
A key part of the Regional Activity Centre has been the integration of the Regional Aerospace Centre at RAF Linton-on-Ouse. The centre currently offers a rage of learning based activities, which complement the more practical activities offered at the Activity Centre. Some of the key components of the Aerospace Centre are as follows:
The Centre has a commercially built state-of-the-art flight simulator that has been tailor made for North Region Cadets. Based on Microsoft Flight Simulator technology, the software has been modified by the Royal Air Force to give true-to-life handling for RAF aircraft ranging from the Grob Tutor flown by Cadets as part of Air Experience Flying to the Tucano Basic Fast Jet Trainer. The simulator has a full constructed cockpit, authentic controls and a projection system to surround pilots with a photographically accurate view of the simulated world around them.
The Centre's innovative air traffic control simulator enables Cadets and Staff to experience the challenging task of controlling aircraft, including during precision approaches. The simulator is supplemented by real-time radar feeds displaying information about actual aircraft flying within 250 nautical miles of RAF Linton-on-Ouse.
The Centre's radio suite gives Cadets the equipment and resources they need to study for radio licenses and to speak to other Cadets throughout the UK and overseas.
The Centre has a network of 10 computers which provides an interactive and exciting platform for learning. Cadets are able to use software that covers a range of aerospace, technology and other Cadet Organisation training activities. Cadets can learn about GPS (Global Positioning System) using hand-held GPS units; study navigation; conduct experiments in rocketry by building and launching their own virtual rockets; and use a wind tunnel to conduct experiments into aerodynamics. Cadets can also use the suite of computers in the multimedia centre for map reading, first aid, weapons training and flying tuition.