Flying is one of the key activities that draws cadets and adult helpers alike to the Air Training Corps. On average each cadet will be offered the opportunity to go flying at least once a year.
Cadets can fly in tandem with qualified pilots at one of Air Experience Flights in the region. Each flight lasts around 20 minutes and includes instruction and demonstration of the principles of flight. The cadet is usually given the opportunity to take control of the aircraft, to assist in navigation or just admire the view and experience aerobatics first hand.
Cadets also get the chance to fly in service aircraft during their visits to the various RAF stations around the country.These can be once in a lifetime opportunities to fly in an aircraft that cadets would normally not get to experience.These can range from trips in transport aircraft, small trainers, various helicopters up to fast jet trainers and even the jets themselves.
The Blue ATP introduces cadets to aeronautical concepts including the primary and further effects of controls, lift vectors and airfield procedures . There are 4 elements to the training:
- Cadet Aviation Familiarisation Course (FAM)
- Ground school
- Part Task Trainer (PTT)
- An airborne sortie
Following on from the Blue ATP, the Bronze ATP consists of 3 elements to further develop aviation knowledge:
- Ground school elements will revise primary effects of control and introduce attitude maintenance and selection and cockpit drills
- PTT training will focus on trimming, normal approach and circuit, undershooting and overshooting approaches
- Airborne sorties at an AEF will demonstrate FRC drills, datum attitude and stability, medium turns and the approach and landing
The Silver ACPNTS provides 8 hours of flying training at an Air Experience Flight (AEF) There are 2 elements to this training:
- Experience aspects of applied Service flying
- Experience aspects of applied Service navigation
The Gold ACPS provides 12 hours of flying training in a single engine piston aircraft
Training completed at a civilian flying training school accredited by the Central Flying School (CFS)
Training has the potential to lead to a first solo flight
The Gold ACAEFC course provides 10 hours of flying training at an RAF Air Experience Flight (AEF)
Cadets will experience aspects of applied Service flying, including advanced handling and low level flying
Although parity with standardised military aviation cannot be assured, individuals who have completed civilian flying scholarships may be awarded the Air Cadet Civilian (CIV) wings in recognition of their efforts.