84 Sqn ATC Crest

Monday, 22 December 2008

Christmas Fund-Raising Success!

The cadets, staff and committee members of 84 Squadron hit the checkouts of Sainsbury's Kenilworth over the weekend before Christmas, for our annual Bag Pack fund-raising event.

By helping the customers pack their shopping bags, we are not only doing the obvious (directly helping the customer) - we're actually speeding up the time it takes to process each customer, thus keeping the queues shorter and helping the store process more customers.

Despite the dreaded Credit Crunch and Christmas being late in the week, this year we managed to raise a fantastic £1618 during the 11 hours the cadets were manning the checkouts.

Mr Cardus, the Squadron Treasurer, extends his thanks to the staff and management at Sainsbury's Kenilworth for having us back yet again.

Monday, 1 December 2008

RIAT 2009 Camps

The Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) 2009 will be held at RAF Fairford over the weekend 18-19 Jul 09. As usual, the cadets and staff of the Air Training Corps have been invited to participate - to deploy a 700 strong team to assist during the build-up phase, the Tattoo itself and the clear-down phase.

The contribution made by the Air Cadets to RIAT is highly valued, with cadets carrying out a variety of tasks including crowd control, car parking, leaflet and program distribution, manning of display areas and the Flight Centre, aircraft coning, playing the part of casualties for the emergency exercises, catering and FOD clearance.

Of course, it isn't all work - Tasks are organised to ensure staff and cadets have sufficient time to enjoy the Tattoo and have unrivaled close-up views and access to the visiting aircraft from across the world.

Camp Timetable

There are three phases to the RIAT Camp; Cadets interested in attending should inform the Adj ASAP as to which phases they are available for:

  • Phase 1 - Camp Build-up: Sat 11 - Wed 15 Jul 09
  • Phase 2 - Main Camp: Wed 15 or Thu 16 - 21 Jul 09
  • Phase 3 - Clear Down/FOD Plod: Tue 21 - Fri 24 Jul

SWAT Team

Each year, the ATC forms a 30+ strong SWAT Team consisting of older (16-20yrs), physically-fit cadets, who assist the RIAT Site Services Team as a 'do anything, go anywhere' team. The separate SWAT Camp dates are:

  • SWAT Early (10 Cdts + 2 Staff) 7-10 Jul 09
  • SWAT Main (30 Cdts + 6 Staff) 10-21 Jul 09
  • SWAT Clearance (10 Cdts + 2 Staff) 21-24 Jul 09

Short Deadline

All enrolled, First Class, cadets are entitled to apply for a RIAT camp place, but bids MUST be made by SUNDAY 18 JAN 2009!

Monday, 24 November 2008

Paragliding Courses Available

The Joint Services Hang-Gliding and Paragliding Centre (JSHPC) at Crickhowell, Powys, is offering the Air Training Corps two one-week paragliding courses this coming February.

The aim of the course is to train you to the Elementary Pilot Certificate (EPC) standard of the British Hang-Gliding and Paragliding Association (BHPA). Alternative activities including high-ropes and mountain biking are available in the event of bad weather precluding flying training.

The cost of the course is just £50 for the whole week. The same EPC course at a civilian centre would cost over £500 - and that's without travel and accommodation!

Applicants must be 16 years old on the first day of the course, be physically fit and weigh between 41kg and 110kg.

The courses assembles late afternoon of Sunday and disperses after breakfast the following Saturday. The dates available are:

PG2/081-7 Feb 09
PG3/0815-21 Feb 09

If anyone would like to bid for a place, we MUST have the paperwork and deposit back by 3 Dec 08 - so ask at the office for application forms ASAP!

Monday, 10 November 2008

Official Squadron Photograph 2008

This Wednesday a professional photographer will be taking a formal Squadron photograph, and then offering an individual portrait service. Dress for the occasion will be 'best blues' - wedgewood shirt, tie and jersey for Cadets, No 1s for uniformed staff, and blazer/suit or ladies equivalent for civilian instructors.

Thursday, 6 November 2008

Remembrance Day - Early Start, Early Finish

This year the Squadron will be joining the local community in Baginton for their Remembrance Day commemorations.

For this special event, we shall be meeting and finishing 30 minutes earlier than usual; Cadets are to be at Sqn HQ by 0930hrs latest, and we should be finished by 1200hrs. Parents are welcome to join parishioners and cadets at the village church for the service or remembrance. Uniform is Wedgewood blues and jerseys for cadets, No1's for uniformed staff. Everyone is to bring their own poppy and church offering.

Poster Image: Poppy Man supports a mother and toddler. Caption: For thousands of families every day is remembrance day.

Friday, 31 October 2008

Halloween Special

Stand By Your... Death Beds!

The squadron Halloween party will be held on Saturday 1 Nov, 1900hrs-2200hrs at Sqn HQ. All cadets, staff and Civ Com members are invited - but you must be in fancy dress! Prepare for some goulish behavior, lots of daft games and plenty of mess :)

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Regiment Demo Day - Final Instructions

The final line-up for attendance at the Regiment Demo Day, in order drawn from the hat, is:

  1. FS Dalton
  2. FS Virdi
  3. Sgt Tariq
  4. Cdt Saglik
  5. Cpl Ruddick
  6. Cpl Irvine
  7. Cdt Cardus
  8. Cdt Stewart D
  9. Cpl Docherty D
  10. Cdt Patel
  11. Cdt Stewart J
  12. Cdt Goadsby
  13. Cdt Webbon
  14. Cdt Gibbins
  15. Cdt Lanigan-Meade
  16. Cdt Wilkinson
The reserve is Cdt Beswick.

We will be departing for Cosford at 0830hrs, and returning between 1400hrs and 1500hrs (stopping for lunch on the way home). Dress is DPMs (Combat Soldier 95), don't forget your berets and 3822s - Saglik and Stewart will be given theirs on the bus.

Friday, 24 October 2008

Places Allocated for November JNCO Cse

I am pleased to announce that two places have been allocated to the Squadron on the JNCO Leadership Cse, 21-23 Nov 08. Joining Instructions will be issued to the attendees on Wednesday night.

Thursday, 23 October 2008

Radio Course - Final Instructions

For the SEVEN cadets selected to attend the Wing Provisional Radio Operators Course this Sunday 26 Oct, here are your Joining Instructions:

  • Dress: Working Blues, with Jerseys AND waterproof jackets (civilian ones acceptable if Jeltex not issued).
  • Food: Take packed lunches. There is a Chip Shop nearby that may be open...
  • Kit: Bring your own pens, pencils (good for taking notes on wet paper if it is raining), and note books.
  • Transport: The minibus will depart Sqn HQ at 0730hrs. Expected RTB 1730hrs. Mr Webbon is driving.

Monday, 20 October 2008

RAF Regiment Demonstration Day

The RAF Regiment Flight at DCAE Cosford have invited Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing ATC to a Demonstration Day this half term, on Wednesday 29 Oct. The day will include a talk on the role and current operations the RAF Regiment are involved with, the chance to handle (no, not fire!) various weapons (from British SA80 to AK47), a experience pyrotechnics in action.

Fg Off Chapman will be providing transport for this event, timings to be confirmed. All enrolled Cadets and staff are welcome. I know EVERYONE wants to go on this trip, but we only have 15 seats on the bus... Once Sqn Ldr Martin has confirmed how many places we can have, we'll take a names draw on Sunday.

Depending on the finishing time, we may stop for dinner on the way home and jump straight in to the Wednesday evening training program on return to the Squadron.

Saturday, 18 October 2008

Wing Radio Operators Course - Date Change

We have been advised that the Provisional Radio Operators Course, announced on parade last week as being held on Thursday 30 Oct 08, is actually being held this Sunday, 26 Oct 08. This is great news, as it should mean more people can go!

However, most other Squadrons may be thinking the same thing, so to cement YOUR place on the course, please let Mrs Cresswell know ON SUNDAY if you definitely can go. We have four places reserved, but if we want more we'll need to put bids in ASAP.

Friday, 17 October 2008

Regional Commandant to make Visit

A photo of Grp Capt Morrell

The Regional Commandant for Central and East Region, Group Captain Brett Morrell RAFR, will be coming to inspect Coventry Airport Squadron on on 26 November.

Central and East Region comprises of 5 Wings, covering an area from Warwickshire in the West of England through to Norfolk on the East coast, and from Cambridgeshire, in the South through to the River Humber in the North. The Commandant is responsible for 145 Squadrons (including one in Gibraltar) - so we've got a lot of competition for getting a visit!