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 country. Cumbria and Lancashire normally fly at 10 AEF from Woodvale, near Southport or 11 AEF flying from Leeming near Northallerton, however cadets may fly with any of the flights when they attend camps. 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.
Air Cadet Pilot Scheme
Cadets may wish to be put forward for an Air Cadet Pilot Scheme Flying Scholarship. This includes training both on the ground and around 12 hours of free flying, including solo flying. Usually the scholarship is seen as a first step towards obtaining your Private Pilots Licence (PPL) and towards a flying career.