Cadets and Staff of 2502 (Hamilton) Squadron Air Cadets have just completed 100 Hour Sponsored Flight Simulator Challenge.Article posted: Aug 29, 2013 by Sqn Ldr Utting
Cadets and Staff from the squadron flew using their Boeing 737-800 flight simulator. 22 flight crews flew to 34 RAF or former RAF stations, covering over 35,000 virtual miles in 100 hours. The flight landed back at RAF Brize Norton in true RAF style, spot on time even after 100 hours.
They flew in real time, with real time weather while navigating the route. During the 100 hours, cadets were checking the route and weather before planning each leg. Before they take to the virtual skies they had to work out fuel quantities needed, people onboard and aircraft weight for takeoff. Then programme the navigation into the aircraft ready for the flight.
Once departed they follow air traffic control procedures, flight plan and fuel checks to mention a few. They monitoring and preparing the aircraft for each stage of the journey so they need to know what they need to be doing next.
The flight is to raise funds for the RAFA Wings Appeal. This is the 3rd year the squadron has done this and raised over £1500 in previous years. This year they have managed to raise over £850 and the money is still coming in.
Once the Challenge landed then squadron celebrated with a Funday and Barbecue in the late summer sun, a very fitting end to the squadrons 40th Year.