Gliding, Running, NCO Cadre, & Staff Training

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.

International Air Cadet Exchange

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.

Gliding, Shooting and First Aid

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 Meola
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 Cheung
Cdt Foley
Cdt Ashton Griffiths
Cdt Spanyol
Cdt Davies B
Cdt Hinds

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.

Further BTEC Success

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.

Flying on the Windiest Weekend

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.