News

January 4th 2016

Swadlincote Air cadets recruit future pilots

Opportunities to fly, glide and shoot are open to all as 1211(Swadlincote) Squadron Air Training Corps (ATC) start their next recruiting campaign on Thursday 14th January at their Eureka Park Headquarters.

Young people aged from 12, and in year 8 at school, are being invited down at 7.30pm to find out more about the award winning squadron, and will have the chance to hear what being a Cadet is all about, with opportunities ranging from Adventurous Training and Overseas Visits to Flying and B-TEC qualifications.

Squadron Operations Officer Alex Moss said: “Our cadets get chances to take part in activities which are just not available to anyone else in the South Derbyshire area.  Where else can a young teenager take control of an aeroplane and do aerobatics with a Royal Air Force Pilot for free?”

Squadron Commander Alyn Thompson added: “Our job at 1211 Squadron is to take every available opportunity for all of our cadets, whether it’s a flight in an Air Force aeroplane or putting them forward for qualifications in the B-TEC scheme.  We are one of the best ATC units in the UK and the reason for that is because our training programme is so varied.”

So, if you are aged between 12 and 16-year-old and want to become a Glider Pilot before you can learn to drive, visit the 1211 Headquarters on John Street in Eureka Park on Thursday evening on 14th January, or any Tuesday or Thursday evening throughout the rest of the month.

"Where else can a young teenager take control of an aeroplane and do aerobatics with a Royal Air Force Pilot for free?"