Following on from our success as runners-up in the Aerospace Challenge earlier this year, the team from 5F(Northampton) Sqn attended the awards ceremony held at the Institute of Mechanical Engineers in London on Wednesday 14th November accompanied by our sponsor, Mr Derek King and our OC, Flt Lt Haynes.
The event was attended by many distinguished guests including the Chief of Air Staff, Sir Stephen Dalton ACM RAF and Wing Commander Andy Green (currently the fastest man on the planet and set to pilot the 1,000mph car). Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty, Commandant Air Cadets, was also there to congratulate us on our achievement.
During the evening reception we were able to organise a trip to RAF Waddington to visit 13 Squadron and see the training systems there and to talk about our ideas. As the only Air Cadet Squadron present it was greatly interesting to have many other RAF personnel speak to us and be interested in our future prospects.
The Aerospace Challenge permits students interested in engineering to create a conceptual solution to a problem that high profile engineering companies are currently trying to solve. Our ideas were on future training methods and where RPASs would go in the next 10 years. With the introduction of new materials and technologies, we had to think of a training system that would not be out of date. We created our own classification system and then applied it to integrate RPASs into civil airspace. With the help and guidance of our sponsor Derek King, we were successfully chosen to go to the summer school in July 2012.
CAS, Sir Stephen Dalton, ACM RAF with 5F Falcons – Cpl Matt Broadbent and Cpl Curtis Newton.
Only 12 teams from across the Commonwealth go to the summer school at Cranfield University. During the week, we had opportunities to fly in an R22 helicopter, meet HRH Prince Andrew, learn more about aircraft and engineering given by experienced lecturers and go to the Imperial War Museum at Duxford to see the Spitfire Restoration Workshop and have a personal Spitfire Display. We met cadets from Canada and Australia and it was interesting to share our experiences in the cadets in our countries. We had lectures from experienced test pilots, like John Farley who was the first test pilot of the Harrier Aircraft and later test piloted Concorde.
Submitted by Cpl M.Broadbent
5F (Northampton) Squadron