During this year, RAF Halton have been instrumental in keeping the Cadets from Herts and Bucks flying.
RAF Halton found some non-pubic funding and decided to put this towards financing days of flying for the cadets of Herts and Bucks in conjunction with the Halton Aeroplane Club (HAC). The members of the HAC are all currently Serving in the Armed Forces, Veterans or local Civilians and have the use of their own aircraft or ones owned by HAC.
HAC run ‘Aviation Days’ where groups of Cadets arrive and have a day of experience including fully interactive walkrounds of the aircraft and a 30 minute Air Experience Flight.
Chairman of the RAF Halton Aero Club, Group Captain Mark Manwaring said: “The Air Cadet Air Experience Flying has been successfully secured through RAF Halton’s Station Commander allocating some of the non-public funds raised commercially to mitigate the recently announced reduction in the footprint of the Volunteer Glider Squadrons (VGS). Indeed, RAF Halton-based 613 VGS has been earmarked for closure. The vast majority of the Staff and Instructors at the HAC are ex-Air Cadets, and like myself, owe the great head-start in life and subsequent careers in aviation to the Air Cadet Organisation. The provision of this aviation package, which includes interactive briefings and 30 minutes of flying in our aircraft is our way of putting something back into the Corps. The package we have pulled together is based upon their Principles of Flight Syllabus and the level of knowledge displayed by the cadets is very impressive. We believe that at the end of the day with us, their understanding of how an aircraft flies is consolidated with this practical experience. One or two of them have proved to be future Typhoon pilots.”
This partnership has been successful and we hope that it will continue into the coming years.