Cadets from 2189 (Calne) Squadron proved have started the year as they mean to go on by taking part in several activities on a recent weekend.
Four cadets went to 3 Air Experience Flying (AEF), Colerne to experience the thrill of powered flight in the Grob Tutor, which is the elementary training aircraft for the Royal Air Force (RAF). For Cadets Kayll and Flockton this was their first experience and both came back with beaming smiles. Cdt Kayall said â€œI really enjoyed taking control of the aircraft, it was great funâ€.
Activity was not restricted to the air, as on the ground, Cadet Sergeants Cuggy and Stiles both attended a method of instruction course at MOD Boscombe down. On the course they were taught the instructional techniques that will enable them to deliver consistent training to a high standard to cadets at the squadron. They now have to deliver a lesson to cadets as part of an assessment before becoming Instructor Cadets.
Cadet Corporal Kaiser (Cdt Cpl) was also at MOD Boscombe Down where she attended the Cadet Junior Non Commissioned Officer (JNCO) course. The course helps Corporals around the wing to build on the pre course training received at squadron level and practice the needed qualities and skills to be a Corporal. On the course Cdt Cpl Kaiser undertook an inspection, practiced commanding a squad on the drill square, overviewed the responsibilities of a JNCO as well as learning how to deliver a task briefing called SMEAC (situation, mission, execution, any questions, check understanding).
Cdt Cpl Kaiser said â€œThe course allowed me to see what I need to improve on, I also met new people from other squadrons and saw how different people have different strength and weaknesses which helps us all to improve.â€
Cadets Kayll and Williams also took part in the Air Training Corps South West Regional Cross Country Trials.
Commanding Officer Squadron Leader Webster said “Training, personal development and having fun, describes the opportunities offered to the Squadron cadets, to stretch themselves and challenge their abilities.”