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Hamilton Squadron get £10,000 to spend from the Big Lottery Fund

Article posted: Nov 19, 2010 by Sqn Ldr Utting

After 6 months of hard work from the squadron committee and staff, Hamilton has just been awarded £10,000 from the National Lottery’s Big Lottery Fund. This grant is split over 5 main projects that are due to be completed by January 2011.

Flt Lt Faulkner, OC 2502 said: “This is a great achievement for the squadron and the equipment will aid the quality of training delivered to cadets and staff. Thank you to everyone who involved.

He also added: “I’m like a young boy the night before Christmas, I can’t wait for all the boxes to arrive and start opening them.”

The Projects

Adventure Training

The main part of the grant is being spent on updating and replacing the squadron’s Adventure Training equipment. £3930 has been allocated to the purchase of new tents, rucksacks, sleeping bags and navigational equipment. This project will help cadets take part in the Squadron camps or Duke of Edinburgh expeditions without having to buy lots of equipment to take part.

Flight Simulator upgrade

£3000 has been allocated to the upgrade of our squadron flight simulator. The grant is being spent on upgrading the flight simulator computer, graphics and new projector, allowing us to go to High Definition. New software is being bought to enable us to develop the aircraft to be more realistic. Commercial operation and training manuals are also being purchased from Boeing.

Upgrade of Classrooms

Over £2000 is being spent on providing ceiling mounted projects in all our classrooms in the squadron. Brining our training strategy into the 21st century and delivering training in a medium cadets are accustomed too. Lecterns and wireless presenting suites with full multimedia capability for all the classrooms are also being bought.

Sports and Radio equipment

£200 for Sports and £550 for Radio Equipment has also has been allocated.