After 7 months of arduous training on the hardest aviation course in the Air Cadets, Sgt Gideon Goldsmith left for the Qualified Aerospace Instructors Course (QAIC) assessment week. This consisted of a weekend of vigorous assessments in various fields including leadership, knowledge of air power, aerodynamics, radio communications, air traffic control, and operational flying. Following this weekend, the QAIC Graduates travelled from MoD Boscombe Down to RAF Linton-On-Ouse in York. The final requirement for becoming a Qualified Aerospace Instructor is to deliver a 40-minute talk, as a syndicate, on an assigned aerospace subject to the other 40 graduates and a number of honoured guests. Among the guests present was Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty, Commandant Air Cadets. Sergeant Goldsmith was a member of the team awarded best syndicate.
During the week, the graduates had to opportunity to visit squadrons based at RAF Waddington and RAF Conningsby, getting up close and personal with fast jets such as the Tornado and Typhoon as well as visiting the prestigious Battle of Britain Memorial flight and seeing the legendary Spitfire and Lancaster bomber. Sgt Goldsmith commented “QAIC has provided me with invaluable skills and experiences that will stay with me for the rest of my life. I can’t reccommend the course enough to anybody who aspires to a career in aerospace, civilian or military, I look forward to putting my qualification to good use.” Sgt Goldsmith is the second cadet on the Squadron to graduate from this prestigious course and the Sqn is looking for another candidate for the next course starting in September.