Joining the Air Cadets opens up lots of opportunities, including the chance to fly!
It’s our aim to get you airborne as often as possible, as a passenger in a light aircraft,
a glider or even on-board RAF aircraft such as our Typhoon fast-jet or a Chinook helicopter.
Air Experience Flights
Cadets are given the chance to fly with the local Air Experience Flight (AEF), where they have the chance to go flying in the RAF’s primary training aircraft the Grob Tutor, which is a two seat dual control aircraft. The local AEF (5 AEF) is based at RAF Wyton in Cambridgeshire. Cadets are regularly given the opportunity to fly throughout the year. Flying clothing and equipment is provided, all cadets are thoroughly briefed in what to do in an emergency and with the use of a parachute and are flown with highly experienced professional RAF pilots. Cadets are given the chance to make simple flying manoeuvres which aids them in learning the effect of controls on the aircraft, such as banking the aircraft. Also the cadet will follow the pilot’s actions through more complicated manoeuvres. The cadets are also offered the chance for the pilot to perform aerobatics with the cadets is in the aircraft.
Air Cadet can also take to the air in other ways. Cadets are able to fly on many service types with the RAF, Army and Royal Navy. It could be you find yourself visiting one of the Support Helicopter Squadrons flying in Chinooks and Merlin helicopters, or visiting the Transport units flying in the RAF C-130 Hercules or VC-10 tanker aircraft over the north sea refuelling Typhoon and Tornado fast jets.
Occasionally, luck cadets get to experience a back seat trip inone of the RAF’s fast jets such as the Hawk or Tornado GR4.