Kettering Air Cadets recently took delivery of their most recent additions to their new Aviation Centre. Recent installations include an Air Traffic Control Simulator plus an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Simulator. With the arrival of these new simulators the new Aviation Centre is now complete and fully operational.
The Idea of the Aviation Centre was the brainchild of Sergeant Perkins, Corporal Waterfield and Corporal Woolgrove, all of whom have spent many hours setting up the centre, working with the staff to devise training programs and induction sessions for the rest of the Squadron.
The Air Training Corps is all about promoting aviation and with the new systems the Squadron will not only be able to offer air experience flights in Royal Air Force Aircraft but also offer ground training days for cadets wishing to take to the skies. By offering this extra tuition Squadron cadets should have the advantage when it comes to taking up air experience opportunities as they will already have basic flying simulator experience. With the Security and Air forces of the world turning more and more to the use of the unmanned aerial vehicles the new simulator will offer the cadets of the squadron the opportunity to fly simulated air vehicles much earlier than others, thus giving the cadets the advantage over others entering the same profession.
Squadron Commander Flight Lieutenant Guy Slack says “The opportunities the cadets are being given by this new centre were unimaginable in my cadet training days and I believe this full training centre is the first of its kind in the area, if not in the East Midlands. The staff and cadets who operate the new centre have achieved something they can be really proud of. This is the type of activity potential employers look out for as it is great for building experience. I would like to say that the lottery funding the Squadron received has made this possible. Without this funding the centre could not have happened.”
The centre is open to all cadets of the Squadron for use during their time on the unit and will be used to reinforce aviation training lessons during the cadet’s preparation for their Btec modules.
The Squadron is currently recruiting young people aged between 13 and 17 and is open Monday and Wednesday evening from 7.15pm to 9pm. The unit is also looking to recruit fundraisers, sponsors and adult staff to assist with providing further training opportunities for the young people of the Kettering area. The Squadron can be contacted via a 24 answer phone on 01536 481999, or just come and visit on a Monday and Wednesday evening.
Flt Lt Guy Slack