Flying

The ATC is the cadet organisation of the Royal Air Force, so naturally we give our cadets the opportunity to go flying in powered aircraft and gliding in motor gliders. For most people, “flying” means going on holiday; they never take control of an aircraft themselves. Cadets at 216 do just that on their very first flight. The pilot will taxi out, take off, find clear air space… then it’s your turn. 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.

This section details all our flying opportunities, from our Air Experience Flights, simulators and even flights on service aircraft.

Air Experience Flights

And what an experience! As a cadet you'll have the chance to fly with the best - RAF pilots.

Air Experience Flight (AEF) instructors are all current or former RAF service pilots who volunteer to pass on their knowledge and enthusiasm for flying to you. Our main flying takes place at RAF Cosford with No 8 Squadron AEF. You're shown how the aircraft flies and given the chance to control it and experience aerobatics. And the views from 3,000ft are stunning.

Every air cadet gets the opportunity to have a flight each year. You'll join a long list of cadets going back over 50 years – including royalty - who have benefitted from this fantastic experience. The first AEFs were formed in 1958 and flew the classic DeHavilland Chipmunk which served faithfully for almost 40 years until it was replaced by the Scottish Aviation Bulldog.

Recently, it's the Grob Tutor that has become the aircraft of choice. It has great visibility from its large canopy and is agile enough to allow it to perform full aerobatics. You'll soon feel right at home in the Tutor and hungry for more flight time.

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