The home of Consett Air Cadets
Are you up for fun, adventure, incredible experiences and making new friends? Are you looking for something to give you the edge in life? Then welcome to RAFAC, better known as the ‘Air Cadets’. We’re part of a UK-wide cadet force with more than 40,000 members aged between 12 and 20 years.
We’re sponsored by the Royal Air Force and can give you hands-on experience of activities and courses that will challenge and develop your skills to help you succeed in whatever you want to do.
As a cadet you’ll have the opportunity to do things that others only dream about. Want real flight experience? No problem. How about heading out on adventurous training and camps, sometimes overseas? Normal for cadets. Competitive sports, drill, shooting, music, abseiling, engineering projects? Our list of activities is long, varied and open to all cadets. Yes it’s a challenge, but that’s what life’s all about.
We do it all, at 1409 (Consett) Squadron.
tHINKING OF JOINING?
Owing to our extremely succesful recruitment campaign of 2023 resulting in cadet numbers of 50 plus, our next recruitment evening will take place next year, in 2024.
This will be Wednesday 11th September 2024.
Want to know more about what we do and what our information evening is all about? Follow the link below!
With numbers like these, the Royal Air Force Air Cadets truly is no ordinary hobby.
Stem Suite Opening
On the 17th March, 1409 Squadron formally opened its brand new, state of the art STEM suite, thanks to generous funding from the Stanley Area Action Partnership (AAP), and the Derwent Valley Partnership – AAP.
- 3D modelling and designing, and the ability to 3D print models once designed.
- E-Sports gaming on 10 PC’s, which is becoming increasingly popular with both the RAF having recently formed an official E-Sports team, and now becoming an Olympic sport.
- 10 desk based flight simulators within the PC suite, and 2 VR based flight sims for further immersion. All of which can communicate directly to a main (staff ran) Air Traffic Control server, and be able to visually ‘see’ other aircraft.
- 10 stations at which e-learning can be delivered, as our cadets work through their classification examinations. The PC stations can also be utilized for navigational planning for our DofE expeditions and adventure training.
- Various upgrades to our main ‘navigation’ sim, including the addition of a touchscreen instructor panel to control all aspects of the simulation, including weather, time, approach training, and realistic failures.
- 2 interactive ‘SMART’ screens on wheels, which can be positioned in classrooms for engaging/interactive lectures and training.