|1079 (Tiverton) Air Cadets||
We give all our cadets the chance to get up in the air with the RAF's Tutor aircraft. You'll take off with an experienced pilot who'll talk you through what he's doing, then he'll execute any acrobatics you like and maybe even hand the controls over to you for awhile.
But it's not all light airplanes. If you go away on camp you may find yourself a passenger in any of the RAF's aircraft or a local opportunity for a flight could arise.
Once you reach sixteen you can take the next step and apply for a Flying Scholarship or a Pilot Scheme. With funding available yearly it's a great way to get yourself on the road to a pilot's license or a career in the aviation industry.
Being able to live in the field is a useful skill to have and one we'll teach you all about during your fieldcraft training.
Cooking in the outdoors, setting up shelters that can't be seen, and knowing what makes a good camp are all things we'll be teaching you. You'll also find out how to move in formation, evade enemy forces, and blend in with your environment. Because we all know fieldcraft isn't the same without camo cream.
With a yearly competition and lots of training opportunities in Devon's wild areas, fieldcraft exercises and weekends are always plenty of fun.
If you're at all musical or would like to learn how to play an instrument, the Wing Band could be a fit for you.
The band are a part of all the big parades in our Wing and also attend a big yearly competition to compete against other bands across the country.
The Air Cadet motto is 'Venture Adventure' and that's what we like to make sure you have plenty of opportunity to do.
From climbing and high ropes courses to raft-building, kayaking and Duke of Edinburgh expeditions, you can be first in line for the most exciting activities around.
Weapons training is another part of our syllabus at the squadron and we have plenty to offer for both those who have never shot before and those who do it every weekend. With a range at our squadron we shoot our air rifles most months and also bring out our bolt action rifles to continue your training. Once you've had a bit of experience on those we'll move you on to the L98-A2, the cadet general purpose rifle, which you'll fire on an outdoor range.
There are four different standards of marksmanship to aspire to as well as yearly competitions to compete in.
DUKE OF EDINBURGH & BTECs
The Duke of Edinburgh scheme is a great opportunity to get out adventuring and helping out in your local community. We organise expeditions yearly to help you complete your award and also assist with your volunteering, physical, and skill sections. You pick your own projects and goals and we support you in achieving them.
We also offer two BTEC qualifications, one in Music and one in Public Services, both available from 16. Again we will help you with completing your awards and full qualifications are worth multiple GCSEs.
MODELLING & PROJECTS
From Airfix to dioramas, we have lots of projects around the squadron we like to get you involved in.
If you're interested in planes we have an aircraft recognition team or if you're into photography or writing you could join our media crew.
We don't like to limit you to just aircraft with engines so you can also expect to go up in one of our gliders. From thirteen years old you can start a six session Gliding Induction Course which walks you though all the basics of flying a glider. Then from sixteen you can start a Gliding Scholarship to get your wings.
As an organisation we fly both powered gliders (the Vigilant) and true sailplanes (the Viking - above).
First Aid training can be a lot of (messy) fun but it's also one of the most important subjects you'll learn in the ATC. Our aim is to teach you enough about basic life-saving that you could preserve life in a emergency.
We start with the BHS's Heartstart qualification and then offer a full Youth First Aid and an Activity First Aid qualification to hone your skills. We practise scenarios at the squadron and sometimes incorporate first aid into our outdoor exercises. You can even compete against other cadets in Devon & Somerset in competitions.
DRILL & PARADE
Drill is a great example of the high standards of teamwork the ATC can inspire in you. Getting a group of just 2 people to move at exactly the same time is tough enough so imagine how it feels to be part of a group of 50 or even 100 all moving in time.
When you step out on parade in your local town, you are taking pride in yourself and your unit and paying your respects to those who have gone before you.
TEN TORS & NIJMEGEN
If you enjoy outdoor challenges then you'll find plenty to aim for in one of the Wing's Ten Tors teams or on the yearly Nijmegen march in the Netherlands.