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Putting the Air in Air cadets for 1461 Wigston!

Article posted: Aug 19, 2014 by Flt Lt Rayson-Flynn

In the middle of June, CWO Stephanie Hardy travelled up to Dundee, Scotland to start the well-known and prestigious Air Cadet Pilot Scheme. The Air Cadet Pilot Scheme (ACPS) is one of the most sought after flying courses within the ACO. Successful applicants are awarded up to 12 hours of flying training which may include a solo flight. The hours accumulated also count towards gaining a Private Pilot’s License (PPL). The Air cadet pilot scheme is an extremely respected course with only 140 cadets out of the entire corps completing this course every year.

After travelling 5 ½ hours to Dundee Steph arrived at the local hotel where she met her fellow course-mates. Tuesday was when the fun began for the CWO getting her arrival brief and the learning resources she required for the course. Over the next week Steph learned the valuable skills she needed to fly solo, including stalling an aircraft and circuit skills. Before CWO Hardy could go solo she had to sit an exam. This was a test of the theory side behind going solo. Passing her exam with only 1 mark off 100% the CWO started to complete her solo checks with her instructor Jori Dinsdale.

After being cleared by her instructor to go solo, Jori climbed out of the aircraft putting CWO Hardy in full control! Lasting 15mins the CWO completed her solo flight and gained her wings.

CWO Hardy said: “I thoroughly enjoyed this course, this is by far one of the best things I’ve done with cadets. It is very demanding and challenging but extremely rewarding, this is another course that I’d recommend to EVERYONE. This course has fuelled my interest in aviation even more and is a huge achievement for me. I’m exceptionally grateful to the HQAC and Tayside Aviation’s staff for the tuition and knowledge they gave me whilst being there for the week. I would like to thank Jori Dinsdale especially for his welcoming nature and for helping me achieve solo!”

1461 Squadron Media Team