The new Wing Commander of London Wing, Wg Cmdr Sylvia Silver, visited 241 Squadron on Monday 31 Jan 05 to carry out the Annual Inspection. There she saw the Squadron on a typical parade night and meet some of the 127 cadets on parade. On Final Parade she presented FS Paul Fothergill with his Flying Scholarship Wings, in front of his father who was a cadet on the squadron some years ago! She also presented a BTEC First Diploma in the Public Services to Cdt Samuel O’Brien, and a Jack Petchey Award for £200 to Cdt Adelaide Glover who was the Best Cadet in her Flight for January.
The Wg Cmdr was undoubtedly impressed with what she saw, and certainly gained a good first impression!
The Mountaineering Team deployed to the Lake District for their first training session of the ’05 season last weekend. The team split into two with half tackling Sacfell Pike, the highest mountain in England, and the others tackeling Napes Needle on Great Gable. Saturday evening saw a visit to the Rheghed Centre for a lecture by Simon Yates and an expedition on climbing Everest.
Cdt Isabel Glover has just returned from a weeks Nordic Skiing in Bavaria, Germany with the RAF
FS Paul Fothergill has successfully completed his Flying Scholarship at Dundee Airport and gone solo after 10 hours training. His report is below
My Flying scholarship took place in Dundee in Scotland with Tayside Aviation. The course ran over a total of 2 weeks, but unfortunately for me, the weather came in for the first 3 days that I was there, but having ground school to do, we were always busy! If we were not in lessons we were busy learning our Air Law, in preparation for going solo once we completed our training.
When we did get in the air, each sortie that we did was 1 hour long. Straight from the start, your instructor pushes you to do as much as possible with out him intervening. Before I had even taken off on my first sortie, I was made to do all of the Radio calls to the control tower as well as taxiing and all the necessary safety checks. Straight from the start of your flying, you were in charge of that aircraft.
Through the sorties over the two weeks, you were taken through all of the controls of the aircraft, emergency drills, landings, take-offs and stalls. You would then move onto circuits. Once you had this all sorted, which took me 11 hours, you would be allowed to go solo, flying the aircraft in a circuit on your own with no help from the pilot what so ever! The feeling of being totally in control of this very expensive aircraft was certainly scary, but there was the thrill of being able to fly an aircraft, by yourself after only 2 weeks of training! The bit I found hardest was the landing, as this was the time when I was most likely to break the aircraft, but despite it being a bit bumpy, I managed to land safely, coming back to the cheers of the rest of my course!
The course was certainly very good, with good accommodation at the hotel and wicked staff at the flying school, all paid for by the RAF! I recommend this course to absolutely everyone!
On another normal weekend Cadets from 241 were busy over the Country:
3 Cadets (Cdts Spanyol, West and Parker) achieved their Gliding Induction Certificate at 614 VGS at Weathersfield and are now eligable to go foward for their Gliding Scholarship.
4 Cadets (Sgt Goldman, Cpl Rice, Cpl Zealander and Cdt Kennedy) competed in the Corps Cross Country Championship at RAF Cranwell, gaining Region Blues for their efforts.
Junior and Potential NCO’s attended an NCO Cadre Weekend at Crowborough Camp in Sussex. Drill Training by WO Wright and Field Leadership Training by CI Davies were the highlights of a cold weekend!
3 Staff (Plt Off Davies, CI Grant and CWO Reuban) attended a weekend Weapon Instructors Course with the Region Small Arms Training Team and have now qualified as WI’s. This means they are able to instruct cadets to use the weapons in use with the ATC, and increases the number of Staff trained to 5, making it easier to give the cadets the quality training required.
FS Paul Fothergill and FS Kate Channon have both been given the opportunity of a lifetime this summer, both cadets will be taking part in a cadet exchange. Paul will be going to the USA and Kate to Canada.
Cadets attended 614 Volunteer Gliding School at Weathersfield in Essex to fly in the Viking Glider. Fortunatly the weather held and the following Cadets gained their Gliding Induction Certificate:
Cdt Fallow C
Cdt Fallow S
Whilst there the Cadets were assisted by Cdt Goddard, who is on his Gliding Scholarship Course and Cpl Webb who is a Staff Cadet at the School.
Other Cadets were shooting the L98 Rifle at Pirbight on a 25m range and undergoing weapons trg. The following Cadets gained their Region Marksman:
Cdt Ashton Griffiths
Cdt Davies B
There can now go onto attempt the Corps Marksman, the top Marksman qualification.
Meanwhile the CO, Fg Off Harvey and CI Davies where on a two day First Aid refresher course at the National Mountain Trg Centre at Plas Y Brennin in North Wales. It is a requirement that Mountain Leaders renew their First Aid qualification every 3 years.
Ex Cadet Nicholas Faber has been awarded a BTEC First Diploma in the Public Services with a distinction. Nicholas, who completed the award in 2004 as a member of the Sqn is the first Air Cadet in London and the South East to achieve a Distinction, the highest level achievable.
This award, which is the equivalent of 4 GSCE’s at A* level, is the second gained by the Sqn which was the pilot Sqn in London Wing for this award. Several more Cadets are awaitng their awards.
26 Cadets from the Sqn flew at 5AEF at RAF Wyton on Sunday 09 Jan, in spite of the appalling weather over the weekend. Fortunatley the wind had dropped to acceptable limits, and the AEF Staff pulled out all the stops and flew through lunch to avoid the incomming weather front which hit Wyton at about 3pm.