Flying is our unique selling point: the one thing that puts the “air” in “Air Cadets”. Cadets get to go flying at RAF Leeming during weekdays, will soon be gliding at RAF Topcliffe during weekends, and almost always get the opportunity as part of annual camp. With progression, they may be offered a scholarship which generally culminate in solo flight.
Grob 115E Tutor
The Grob 115E ‘Tutor’ – the same aircraft used for RAF flying training – is used for cadet flying, based at one of 12 Air Experience Flights (AEFs) located around the country; at Consett, we fly from 11AEF at RAF Leeming. Cadets fly with volunteer pilots – current or serving RAF pilots or commercial pilots – all of whom give up their time to fly with cadets.
Grob G103A Viking
The Grob G103A ‘Viking’ is a conventional glider whose sole purpose is for Air Cadet gliding. These aircraft will be based at 645 VGS (Volunteer Gliding Squadron) at RAF Topcliffe.
Service Aircraft Experiences
If you are lucky enough, you may get the chance to fly in one of many of the RAF’s service aircraft. Cadets from Consett have been lucky enough to fly in Chinooks, C-130 Hercules and even a Hawk jet trainer!