YOUNG Air Cadets from 2461 (Sawston) Squadron are in high spirits after being awarded nearly £9,500 from The Big Lottery Fund to buy state-of-the-art flight simulation equipment.
The high-tech system, costing £9,402, will deliver hands-on aviation training to not just enthusiastic youngsters in the Squadron, but will also become a hub of opportunity for hundreds of other cadets in the surrounding area.
Cadet Sergeant Katherine Hill in a Grob Tutor aircraft.
The system features working and realistic flight control set in a mock cockpit, three screens surrounding the cadet, and a working instrument panel along with sound and movement technology to fully accomplish the realistic flight experience.
Cadet Jack Hawkins, 14 and from Sawston said: “When it was announced we had been given money to buy a flight simulator all the cadets were thrilled. Being able to learn to fly in Sawston is an excellent opportunity.”
Air Cadets at 2461 (Sawston) Squadron can fly powered aircraft or gliders to solo standard and receive training about aeronautical subjects, which lead to BTEC Qualifications worth extra GCSEs. Cadets also can experience fun and adventure with their feet firmly on the ground or even at sea and learn life skills such as leadership, communication skills, teamwork and citizenship.
Officer in Charge, Flying Officer Chris Cox, added: “Having this equipment is a fantastic opportunity for our cadets – they were on cloud nine when they heard the news!”
“Being able to train cadets at the Squadron in this way will help them achieve more when they take to the skies for the first time with the Air Cadets, giving them more confidence and learning more skills along the way. This grant is a culmination of months of hard work and I must thank all those involved and especially the Big Lottery Fund.”
The project has been funded by The National Lottery’s Big Lottery Fund whose mission is to be committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need. The application for the grant was led by the Squadron’s Civilian Welfare Committee.