3 cadets from 2425 (Nottingham Airport) Squadron, based at Tollerton, have achieved a squadron record. It is the first time that the Squadron has had three serving cadets attain their flying ‘wings’ – learning to fly and going solo. The three cadets are Flt Sergeant Andrew Redwood, Sergeant Chris Rowmanowski and Sergeant Adam Jones.
Sergeant Romanowski said “The Gliding Scholarship experience was definitely one of the best moments in my ATC career. It has greatly prospered my chances of going for my life’s ambition to become a pilot in the RAF”.
Sgt Jones said “My first landing was a little on the heavy side but that’s par for the course when you are learning. When I finally went solo the realisation hit me that I was on my own this time! However, my landing was textbook and I was really excited to have flown solo for the first time”.
Cadets displaying their Wings
Anyone driving along the A46 between Nottingham and Newark may see the white and orange ATC gliders overhead. There are two types in use by the ATC: the Vigilant powered glider and the winch-launched Viking. The scholarship course is taught by qualified cadet or officer pilots. The first part of the course involved learning about advanced use of the aircraft controls. During the course cadets also had to learn how to handle simulated cable-breaks, where the towing cable, used to launch the glider, breaks before the aircraft is at optimum height for gliding. After learning about the aircraft controls they then moved onto landing the aircraft and finally learned the techniques for take off.
Flt Lt Frost, who is the officer in charge of 2425 Squadron said “I am extremely proud of the three cadets who have attained their Wings. It is highly unusual for so many current cadets to gain their wings at the same time and I wish them good luck in whatever their future ambitions may be. A Gliding Scholarship is just one of the many exciting opportunities that we offer in the Air Training Corps”.
By CI Phil Gregg
2425 Sqn Media & Communications Officer