The Royal Air Force Air Cadets consist of the Air Training Corps (ATC) and the RAF contingent of the Combined Cadet Force (CCF).
A national youth organisation that promotes a practical interest in aviation for 13–20 year-olds, it offers young people the opportunity to take to the skies and partake in a wide range of adventurous pursuits.
Upon joining a local ATC or CCF unit, the Gliding Induction Course teaches air cadets all about aerodynamics and controlling light aircraft such as Vigilant motor gliders. Following on from this, there is the opportunity to gain Gliding Scholarship Wings, which offer a more in-depth study of aviation as well as more flight time. Air cadets also get the chance to experience the exhilaration of flight on-board a Grob Turbo, or even an in-service RAF aircraft such as the Hawk fast-jet or a Chinook helicopter.
As well as acquiring flight knowledge and experience, air cadets develop valuable personal skills such as leadership and good citizenship. An array of adventure training activities are also on offer – ranging from mountaineering to quad biking and canoeing.
The ATC has more than 1000 Squadrons (60+ in the Highland RFCA area) with a total of 31,190 cadets and 10,280 adult volunteers.
For more information visit the Air Cadet website