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. Flying takes place at one of 12 AEFs around the country, mainly at RAF stations. 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.
It's now 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.
Air Cadet Pilot Scheme
The aim of the Air Cadet Pilot Scheme (ACPS) is to provide a pinnacle of flying experience for selected cadets in pursuit of the primary objective of the ACO.
If rewarded with the prestigious ACPS Flying Scholarship, selected cadets will attend a 14-day residential course at Tayside Aviation in Dundee. A total of 12 hours of flying training will be completed in an Aquila A211 aircraft, with the aim of going solo at the end of the course if the required standard has been reached.
We have had a number of cadets on our squadron awarded this scholarship in recent years, and we always actively encourage and assist cadets aged 16 and over to apply.
Below is a photo of FS Lauren Simms on her ACPS Course.