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2502 adds to the fleet

Article posted: Mar 23, 2012 by Sqn Ldr Utting

2502 (Hamilton) Squadron has expanded its fleet of flight simulators. The squadron has now built a second mobile simulator that has the Grob Tutor, Vigilant and Shorts Tucano aircraft simulated. We also have the capability to load more advanced training aircraft on this simulator.

Looking at the new Air Cadet Syllabus changes and the demand for the use of the simulator, it was decided to build a smaller 1 seat mobile simulator. The simulator can be wheeled into the relevant classrooms and used to teach parts of airmanship, principles of flight and Air Navigation. It can also be transported for PR events and summer fetes.

With the new Elementary Flight Trainer (EFT), two more courses have been developed to incorporate the basic trainer aircraft. A new basic flying techniques course will be incorporated into airmanship giving cadet practical experience in a simulated Grob Tutor before taking the controls of the real thing. Hope fully this will give them the confidence and skills to talk to the pilot and get more from the 25 minutes on their first Air Experience Flight.

The EFT simulator will also be used in the newly developed Visual Flight Navigation course. Cadets attending this course will be taught Air and Pilot navigation with advanced Flying Techniques and practical navigation exercises.

Currently a number of new flight simulator courses are under development and are scheduled to run on the squadron this summer and autumn. These courses are being tied in with the new air cadet syllabus to give a visual demonstration and practical exercise to what can be a difficult subject for the cadets to understand.

The EFT simulator can tie in with the current 737/Advance Jet Trainer (AJT) simulator, this allows us to expand the levels of training on offer. Air Traffic Controllers now have two aircraft to concentrate on in the air or circuit, making their training more realistic, harder and also for the flight crews. With the two simulators linking we can explore advance flying techniques like formation flying and even simulate mid-air refuelling.

OC 2502 Sqn, Flt Lt Andy Faulkner said: “The squadron 737 simulator is ever popular and cadets are always trying to get on the courses. With this second EFT simulator we can really start to hone the skills of the cadets and prepare them for GIC, GS, AEF or Air Cadet Pilot Scheme. I am very excited about the new courses being developed and the new course ideas floating around at the moment.”

If you would like more information about the types of courses on offer and how to get involved, please contact Flt Lt Andy Faulkner oc.2502@aircadets.org. The squadron will be hosting an open day on the 26 May 2012 from 1000-1630.