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Wednesday, 23 December 2009

REFRESH! Nordic Skiing - Places Still Available

Bouncing back from Corps, there are still places available on the January Nordic Skiing expedition. If you are interested, we MUST have your bid for first thing on Monday 4 Jan 10, so call the OIC NOW to make arrangements.

Monday, 21 December 2009

Last Minute dot GIC!

We have just received our allocation of Flying and Gliding places for 2010. Unfortunately, the first GIC slot is on Saturday 2 Jan 2010 - BEFORE our next parade.

If you would like to bid for one of the four places available, please complete the online form. You will need to use your Squadron User Account in order to log-in. If you cannot remember your details, contact Fg Off Chapman via Skype/VOIP/Email.

By nominating yourself, you are confirming that you can DEFINITELY attend this event, that you are eligible for GIC (that's currently everyone First Class and above), and can get yourself to Sqn HQ by 0745hrs. Anyone who nominates themselves, is selected, and then subsequently drops out will be subject to disciplinary action.

Nominations close at midnight on Tuesday 29 December. Those selected will be notified on Wednesday 30 December.

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Ops Normal - Though without the background noise.

As I'm sure everyone will have heard, as it has been splashed across the news, Coventry Airport closed yesterday at 10am. I was about to taxy-out at 0955hrs when the message from Air Traffic Control came through: "Be advised that I have just been informed that the aerodrome will be closing at 10 o'clock - I have no further details".

And that was the most notice any of the operators based here had.

Following two aircraft in the queue to depart in front of us, my crewman and I in Reims-Cessna F406 'G-LEAF' were cleared to take-off with seconds to spare. We were the last aircraft to depart 'Coventry Airport' - at least while it was a licensed airfield and under Air Traffic Control.

Fortunately, later in the afternoon the Civil Aviation Authority granted permission for other aircraft stranded on the ground to depart. Those who saw it described the hour-long slot as 'an Exodus'.

So what of our Squadron?

We shall continue as normal! When we say that the 'Airport' is 'Closed', we're just talking about the air-side operations (Air Traffic, Fire, refuellers, handling) and the airport operator's business. The site itself has many other businesses based there that, like us, still need access to their offices - even if their aircraft are scatted across the midlands.

For now, the gates remain open. However, security has been tightened to deter the nosy and the criminal from thinking that they have free-access to the site. For that reason, only authorised people will be allowed on site. For our purposes, a car with a cadet carrying a F3822 and stating that they are going to the Squadron will be sufficient. In order for parents to be able to gain access to pick up their children at the end of the parade, we shall provide an 'authorised access' list of parents' names to the Guard Room. Everyone MUST carry ID (eg driving license). If the person picking up the cadet is not the Next of Kin (as held on our records), then the cadet must inform the office at the beginning of the night of who shall be picking them up.

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Exercise SNOW EAGLE 2010

Applications are invited from eligible cadets who wish to take part in Exercise Snow Eagle, taking place in the Oberstdorf area of the Allgau Region of Southern Germany and Austria during the period 26 Mar 10 - 4 Apr 10 inclusive.

Eligibility. To be eligible for Exercise Snow Eagle, cadets must:

  1. Be 16 years old or over on first day of course.
  2. Be medically and physically fit.
  3. Hold current European Passport.
  4. Hold a current European Health Insurance Card.
The emphasis is for complete beginners. Experienced cadets may apply, but priority is given to novices.

The aim of the course is to present cadets with a challenging and exciting pursuit and allow them to develop personal attributes, team working abilities and interpersonal skills. They will have a basic practical introduction to sub-zero conditions and learn basic emergency winter survival techniques, including the construction of an emergency snow shelter and snow craft skills. They will also receive instruction on winter mountain hazards including some knowledge of avalanche prediction and avoidance, safety guidelines and rescue procedures.

Travel to and from Germany will be by coach. Rail tickets may be requested from WHQ to the meeting point at RAF Uxbridge. Participants are expected to arrive at RAF Uxbridge on the Friday afternoon of 26 Mar 10 and will arrive back after 1700hrs on Sun 4 Apr 10.

Accommodation in Oberstdorf is in twin bedded rooms in the Hotel Traube. Breakfast, a packed lunch and evening meal will be provided as part of the package, but arrangements for food and drink on the outward and return journey is the responsibility of the individual. This should be taken in to account when deciding upon a personal budget for the trip as motorway cafes can be expensive.

Expenses. A personal contribution of £293 is payable by cadets. The cheque should be enclosed with the application form and made payable to "ATC GPF". The contribution covers:

  1. All ski lift tickets for 6 days skiing
  2. Course certificates.
  3. 7 nights full board accommodation.
  4. Ski instruction for 6 complete days.
  5. Additional winter sports insurance and medical expenses premium.
  6. All ski equipment and clothing.
  7. Coach travel from and to RAF Uxbridge/Oberstdof.

In addition a contribution of €25 will be collected from cadets upon arrival in Oberstdof to cover group incidental expenses. Cadets should also take enough money to cover their own incidental expenses, ie for snacks, drinks and presents, plus funding to allow them to purchase meals/drinks during the coach journey.

Applicants are to complete the attached forms and return them, together with their personal contribution cheques, to the Squadron admin office by Sunday 10 Jan 2010.

Monday, 30 November 2009

Save Money by Raising Money this Christmas!

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Save time and buy your Christmas presents online. Buy your gifts through our online shop and the Squadron will receive a donation or percentage of what you spend.

Here's a great way to get some fantastic online bargains, find cheaper gas and electricity services and even book a holiday. Remember, anything you buy through our webshop will help towards our fundraising targets.

So go on, top up your CD/DVD collection, or, if you're making business purchases, why not make them from our webshop? For example, you can buy computer equipment, great value broadband or stationery from Euroffice. There's also plenty of offers on DIY products, clothing and lots more from big high street names.

You can even use a search facility to compare a product name (e.g. kettle) with all of the retailers to help you find the best price!

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Don't forget not only do these offers help you to save money; every purchase you make will raise funds for 84 (Coventry Airport) Squadron Air Training Corps.

M&S Competition

M&S Competition

December Training Programme

The training programme is now available for December. This master TP is subject to revisions, so keep an eye on it!

December 2009: [HTML] [PDF]

Thursday, 26 November 2009

JNCO Cse - Final Instructions

Attendees of the JNCO Cse this weekend are to travel in uniform (working blues), meeting at Sqn HQ for a 1630hrs departure. Note that there will be NO MESSING on arrival at Cosford; refreshments only will be available during the evening lecture breaks. You must have dinner before you leave, or bring a packed dinner with you.

Fg Off Chapman is the point of contact for this activity.

Monday, 16 November 2009

November Training Programme

The training programme is now available for November. This master TP is subject to revisions, so keep an eye on it!

November 2009: [HTML] [PDF]

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Bedworth Parade

Photo from LIFE.com: World War II veteran Bill Crozier observes two minutes silence as Big Ben strikes 11am on Armistice Day November 11, 2003 in London.Up to 14 Cadets from 84 Squadron will be making up a large part of the Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing ATC contingent taking part in the Bedworth Armistice Parade, one of the few annual parades that actually takes place on The Eleventh Day of The Eleventh Month.

Those taking part must be at the Squadron by 0920hrs for an 0930hrs departure. Estimated time of return is 1230hrs. Dress is No2 (Wedgwood Blues). The forecast is dry but cold: dig out your thermals - you can wear whatever you like under your shirt/trousers, as long as it doesn't show!

Friday, 6 November 2009

Remembrance Sunday Parade

Let's keep this simple:

  1. This is a COMPULSORY PARADE.
  2. Dress is No2 (Wedgwood Blues and Tie).
  3. Everyone is to be IN the Squadron by 0930hrs.
  4. Poppies are to be brought, but NOT worn.
  5. Parents are welcome to attend the church service, but parking is limited at the church, so cars should be left (in the new designated parking area) at the Squadron.

Grass Parking Area Withdrawn From Use

Please would all parents, staff and visitors note that the the Airport Authority has withdrawn access to the grass area opposite the Squadron gate due to the damage our cars have caused over the last couple of weeks - since the weather turned soggy.

Two new areas have been designated for our use during parade hours, both 'around the corner' behind the Squadron hut - please ensure you use the right one:

Drop-Off and Pick-Up Waiting Area: Second-left after the bend, the concrete hardstanding directly opposite the northern side of the Squadron is available as a waiting area ONLY. Cars must not be left unattended as the area is the airport 'Emergency RVP' - a holding area for civil emergency vehicles responding to inbound aircraft in distress - so you must be ready to move on if lots of blue lights appear over the horizon.

Parking: Just beyond the RVP, the gravel parking area is available for us to leave our cars parked unattended.

Please take care walking from the new car parking areas to the Squadron gate - there is no footpath, and with the minibus parked where it is, it makes the bend practically blind.

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Nordic Skiing - Places Still Available

If you're quick, you might be able to catch the last available place on the 2010 Air Cadet Nordic Skiing exercise in Zwiesel, Germany, 15-24 January.

Cadets must be 16 years of age or over by 15 Jan 10, be prepared to stay for the duration of the Course and be prepared to ensure they arrive in good physical condition and sufficiently fit to undergo strenuous activities for a week in winter conditions.

Accommodation will be in a complex of self-catering chalets at Zwiesel. These have kitchens and communal areas with a central block which will be used for communal activities and briefings. The ATC Insurance Scheme and the MOD covers the cadets taking part in Nordic Skiing for third party public liability and personal accident. An additional winter sports premium is included within the personal contribution to cover medical and CASEVAC just in case you turn into a snowball, along with cancellation cover.

This is a heavily subsidised activity, so the cost to participants is a remarkable personal contribution of just £230 - to include the following main elements:

  • Self catering accommodation
  • Hire of Nordic ski equipment
  • Ski school fees
  • Additional winter sports insurance premium
  • Registration Fee for International Langlauf Award
  • Presentation night including meal on Fri 23 Jan 09
  • Extra Messing of £20.00

If you want to snatch up this opportunity, contact the OIC NOW!

Saturday, 31 October 2009

Sunday, A Day Of Rest? Sorry Padre!

Today is going to a be a busy day for the Squadron. As well as our routine parade, we have 3 cadets on Gliding Induction Courses (two of which are for first flights), another bunch volunteering for Poppy Appeal collections, and the Banner Party parading at Baginton Church for the Polish Ex-Combatants Memorial Parade.

Phew!

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Poppy Appeal Collections

This year, Cadets of 84 Squadron will be helping raise money for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal along side 8F Squadron.

On Saturday 31 October and Sunday 1 November, a group will be collecting donations in return for poppies at Morrisons and B&Q in Binley, between 10am and 2pm.

Volunteers at to meet at Morrisons at 1000hrs in No2C (working blue) dress.

Sunday, 25 October 2009

Halloween Party

Don't forget it's the Squadron Halloween Party on Wednesday 29 October.

Spooky games and scary activities to include:

  • Fancy Dress Competition
  • Doughnut Eating Competition
  • Body-Part recognition Game
  • Creepy Jelly Insects

...and much more!


Dress: Scary!

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Another Eight Sign-Up to Venture Adventure

Congratulations to the eight Cadets of our 4th Recruit Intake (RTF 09/3) who were enrolled into the Air Training Corps during Final Parade on Sunday.

The members of RTF 09/3 who were enrolled on 11 October, with their Flight Commander, Off Cdt Robinson.

Over the past 5 weeks, the Junior Cadets of RTF have been learning about the history and structure of the Air Training Corps, our Ranks and Classifications, been shown how to iron their uniforms and polish their shoes, and have begun to get the hang of basic Drill movements.

During the Enrollment Ceremony, they made the Cadet Promise and were given their F3822 Record of Service books and berets in return.

The hard work isn't over yet though - they will now spend the next 3 months learning more about the RAF, airfields, flying and the history of flight, map reading and basic expedition theory, communications, shooting in the ATC, and lots more drill... And all of that is just the basics for being a Cadet!

Thank you to all the parents who attended the parade today, your support for the cadets is very important and valued by all. For anyone else interested in joining the ATC, the next Intake will begin in the new year.

Thursday, 1 October 2009

October Training Programme

The training programme is now available for October. This master TP is subject to revisions, so keep an eye on it!

October 2009: [HTML] [PDF]

Monday, 28 September 2009

Exercise KHAKI BADGER Kit List

Essential Kit

All cadets and staff must be in possession of the following clothing and equipment:

  • Bergan / Rucksack (to pack this lot in)
  • Day Sack (Small rucksack for flask/drinks bottle, snacks, waterproofs, extra layers etc)
  • F3822 (with photograph)
  • Beret
  • Full DPM Uniform
  • Spare DPM uniform (minimum of extra pair of trousers and shirt)
  • Warm Layers (Norgie/fleece jumper/t-shirt/thermals)
  • Boots
  • Socks (suitable for wearing with boots; 2x spares)
  • Waterproofs
  • Underwear
  • Civilian outer-clothes (for travel to site)
  • Sleeping Bag (must be good quality - 3 season - Not the sort you use at a kids sleep-over or in a caravan!)
  • Roll mat
  • Hand Torch & Spare Batteries (red filters if you have them)
  • Wash Kit & Toiletries
  • Towel
  • Knife, Fork, Spoon
  • Mug (NOT china! Flask-style or travel mugs ideal)
  • Mess Tins (less than £5 from Go-Outdoors in Canley)
  • Drinks Bottle
  • Boot Cleaning Kit
  • Camouflage Cream
  • Notebook & Pen / Pencil
  • Medication (CLEARLY LABELLED)
  • Small Personal First Aid Kit
  • Snack Bars (for breaks)

Recommended Items

  • Poncho (not your Mum's Cashmere)
  • Bungees
  • 4m Para cord (water resistant string!)
  • 4 small round tent pegs

Optional Items (if available)

  • Webbing (to replace daysack)
  • Basha Kit

Any valuable items e.g. mobile phones are taken at your own risk. Some items may be handed in to Staff for safekeeping. The host Squadrons and Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing are not liable for any loss or damage incurred on this activity.

Training Programme - Wed 30 Sep 09

Drill and Khaki Badger kit preparation and inspection. Those going on KB will need to bring their kit along for inspection so that staff can identify any deficiencies. See the separate story for basic joining instructions and kit list.

Dress: No2C (Working Blues).

NB: JNCO Cse nominations and deposits MUST be in by tonight.

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Training Programme - Wed 23 Sep 09

Lectures for all tonight. RTF will need to bring their shoe polishing kits... and shoes (if you have them already - otherwise you'll just have to take off your boots and go cold feet for a while!).

Your polishing kit should include:

  • Kiwi Black Polish
  • a good quality duster (thick and soft) or silver polishing cloth
  • a ball of cotton wool (or make-up removing pads)
  • an old toothbrush

Nominations Open for November JNCO Course

We have had confirmation that a JNCO Leadership Development Course, open to both male and female cadets, is to be held at DCAE Cosford over the weekend 27-29 November.

Cadets wishing to attend must be First Class, competent at drill, be at least 15 years old, and be recommended by their OCs. Due to other courses of this type being canceled earlier this year, the number of bids made across the Wing is expected to be large - so I can tell you now that not everyone eligible to attend will be selected! There are only 40 places for the whole Wing.

The cost will be £15, which will cover a packed meal on arrival, full messing, certificate, course photograph, refreshments and a copy of the WBW JNCOs Handbook.

If you would like to bid on a place, you must bring a cheque (payable to M D Harrison) to the Sqn before Wednesday 30 Sep 09.

Friday, 11 September 2009

Training Programme - Sun 13 Sep 09

Today will be the second OC's Inspection (to be carried out by the OIC!). The formal inspection will take place first-half, then into classes for the remainder of first-half and the whole of second half.

Cadets (and parents) are reminded that bids for places on the DofE Exped at the end of the month must be received by Sunday.

Dress: No2 (Wegdewood blues and Jerseys).

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

DofE Bronze Exped - Sep 09

485 (Harbourne) Squadron have invited us to take part in their Bronze DofE practice expedition at the end of September. Any cadets over 14 who have enrolled in the Bronze DofE Award Scheme may attend. Those who have not undertaken a practice expedition before will have priority. We are sorry for the last-minute notice about the activity, but the discussions only began at the end of August!

Those interested in taking part must pass on the letter to their parents, and have them complete, sign and return the consent form with payment by Sunday 13 September. You must ensure you have, or can acquire the required personal equipment (boots, clothing, rucksack, sleeping bag etc) before bidding on a place. Maps and compasses will be provided.

Letter to Parents | Consent Form | DofE Kit List

September Training Programme

Here is the master Training Programme for September. Each TP will be updated as required, but the link will remain constant - so worth checking out regularly.

September 2009: [HTML] [PDF]

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Training Programme - Wed 2 Sep 09

Hey, it's back to school folks! First classification lessons of the season. Last chance to submit KHAKI BADGER bids and Gibraltar camp applications.

Dress: No2C (Working Blues)

Saturday, 29 August 2009

Training Programme - Sun 30 Aug 09

Cadets with presentations/slideshows/videos to load must be at the Sqn by 0950hrs. All other cadets by 1000hrs. Visitors are invited to arrive at 1015hrs. The Open Day talks and tour will run from 1020hrs to approximately 1215hrs, followed by a short 'Final Parade', then...

Barbecue - Menu

From around 1215hrs, the civilian committee will begin serving lunch! The menu includes:

  • Locally sourced and prepared beef burgers and hot-dogs, with salad and garnishes.
  • Home-Made Cakes
  • Tea, Coffee, Soft-Drinks

Dress: Cadets - No2/2A (Wedgewood Blues with jerseys); Staff - No 1SD.

Monday, 17 August 2009

Squadron Open Day 2009

84 Squadron is holding an Recruitment and Review Open Day and social barbecue on Sunday, 30 August 2009, and you are invited!

The cadets will be using the morning to tell their parents, supporters of the Squadron, and potential recruits, about all of the activities they've taken part in over the last year. And there have been a few.

Cadets from this Squadron have traveled across Europe and the world: skiing in the Alps, living on a military base in Germany, and representing the RAF on the International Air Cadet Exchange to New Zealand. They've experienced aerobatics in RAF training aircraft, flown solo in motor gliders (before being old enough to drive), and been passengers in helicopters. We've been shooting, played sports, won competitions for modeling, lead the Royal British Legion Remembrance Sunday parade in Baginton, manned the finish lines at two Race For Life events, tackled assault courses, packed hundreds of christmas shopping bags and done a lot of shoe polishing in between!

We'd like you to hear from the cadets themselves, see what we do day-to-day, and hopefully sign-up to experience it for yourself! And if that's not enough, then there's the barbecue at lunch-time - no matter what the weather!

Cadets are to arrive by 1000hrs, guests are invited to arrive for 1015hrs. We will be aiming to begin serving food by 1230hrs.

Please download the appropriate letter below, and make contact us to let us know if you are coming and wanting to stay for the barbecue.

Invitation Letters

To New Recruits | To Parents and Friends

Exercise KHAKI BADGER Invitation

84 Sqn has been invited by the Southam and Stratford Sqns to take part in Exercise KHAKI BADGER, a fieldcraft and radio training weekend to be held at the Nesscliffe Training Area over the first weekend of October.

We have nominally been given 12 cadets places (plus 3 staff). If you would like to bid on a place, return the consent and medical form to the Sqn ASAP - the closing date for bids is 30 Aug 09. A letter to introduce the exercise to your parents has also been prepared. Any enquiries should be directed to CI Webbon.

Letter to Parents | Consent Form

Saturday, 8 August 2009

Training Programme - Sun 9 Aug 09

OIC's Inspection today. Though if the weather is half-decent, there is a good chance he may get called in to work - an unusual occurrence this summer!

Other than the formal parade and inspection, as far as the cadets are concerned, it is Projects and Open-Day preparation. Those who need coveralls, bring them!

Dress: No 2 - Wedgewood Blues.

Monday, 27 July 2009

Training Programme - Wed 29 Jul 09

I forgot to point it out at the time, but on Wednesday last week, we had cadets on duty in FOUR countries: England, Wales, Germany and New Zealand!

The TP for Wednesday is Tent Pitching (Round 2: Inter-Flight!).

Dress: Please note the dress is No3 GREENS - please pass the message around.

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

August Training Programme

Here is the master Training Programme for August. Each TP will be updated as required, but the link will remain constant - so worth checking out regularly.

August 2009: [HTML] [PDF]

Saturday, 18 July 2009

Training Programme - Sun 19 Jul 09

Quite an 'ordinary' parade for a change! RTF will be starting Comms, whilst the rest of the Squadron get stuck into Projects. However, a couple of extra things are happening:

Firstly, coveralls are being issued, with priority being given to a) Those going on Summer Camp, b) Those going gliding, and c) Members of the Comms and Gardening project groups;

Vigilant Break - Frank Mink

Secondly, we have been allocated 8 Gliding Induction Course places for the afternoon. Most places were allocated on Wednesday evening, however, if you would like to be on the reserve list, bring along a packed lunch and soft shoes!

Dress is No 2C (Working Blues)

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Training Programme - Wed 15 Jul 09

Once again, we shall be showing our faces in the community and helping thousands of ladies raise money for Cancer Research, by manning the start- and finish-lines at the Coombe Abbey race.

The set-up crew will be arriving from 1800hrs. All cadets are to be at the site by 1845hrs latest, in time for the start of the race. There may be significant traffic delays, so make allowances. On arrival at the site, make your way to the Check-In tent where you will report to a member of Sqn staff who will sign you in and direct you to the right place. We shall finish at 2130hrs.

Dress: No 3 (CS95/DPM).

RTF

Recruit Training Flight will parade at SHQ as usual to crack on with their First Class training (only 6 weeks left!).
Dress for RTF: No 2C (Working Blues)

Monday, 13 July 2009

Telephone and Answerphone Problems

We are currently having problems with our answerphone system, and can only take calls during parade hours.

You can try Skyping us at 'CoventryAirportSqn' (calls may be answered by any of the staff currently monitoring Skype), or leave a message on our temporary voicemail number, 0560 3663 121. This is a VOIP number, and should be charged at the equivalent of national (landline) call rate. It may not however be included in your 'free calls' allowance.

Skype Me™!

Saturday, 11 July 2009

Training Programme - Sun 12 Jul 09

This Sunday the Squadron will be stretching it's legs and heading round the corner for a tour of the Coventry Airport Air Traffic Control. RTF will visit the Tower facility before returning to the HQ for a timely 'Airmanship 1' lesson on airfields. The rest of the Sqn will also get to see the Approach Control room (RADAR).

The four cadets selected for Gliding Induction Courses will join RTF for the tower visit, then depart straight from the Tower for the VGS. GIC'ers are reminded to bring packed lunches, bottled drinks, and soft shoes.

Dress: No 2C (Working Blues)

Sunday, 5 July 2009

Training Programme - Wed 8 Jul 09

504 (County of Nottingham) Squadron RAuxAF, based at RAF Cottesmore in Rutland, is the Reserve component of No 1 RAF Force Protection Wing. Their mission is to provide a pool of trained personnel fit for mobilisation to support the RAF on operations.

This Wednesday, the 504 Sqn Presentation Team are coming to 84 Sqn to talk about the role of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force and the RAF Regiment, and show us some of the equipment they use.

Dress: No3 (CS95/DPMs)

Tuesday, 30 June 2009

July Training Programme

New to the website (I've worked out how to upload documents to Blogger), is the Training Programme, to be published each month. Each TP will be updated as required, but the link will remain constant - so worth checking out regularly.

July 2009: [HTML] [PDF]

Saturday, 27 June 2009

Classic Flight Open Day

Air Atlantique Classic Flight have invited all members of 84 Squadron for a tour of their aircraft during their Open Day this Sunday 28 June - for free!

If cadets are interested in taking up the opportunity to get up-close and personal with some of the rarest operational aircraft in the world, with parental consent, they are free to make their way round to Hangar 7 after final parade - but we will ask you to proceed 'in an orderly fashion'. Parents may of course join them!

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Wing Field Day - Final Instructions

The WBW annual Wing Field Day is being held at Gamecock Barracks, Bramcote, this Sunday 14 Jun 09. For more information about the event and individual competitions being held, visit the WFD page on the Wing website.

The WFD is an official Wing Parade and as such ALL cadets are to attend (with the exception of RTF, who will meet at the usual time and place).

Timing

Everyone is to meet at The Oak pub at 0750hrs. Do not be late, do not forget anything: the coach will not wait and you will be considered AWOL. We are scheduled to depart Bramcote for the return journey at 1900hrs, arriving at The Oak at between 1930hrs and 1945hrs.

Dress

Cadets are to WEAR No3 CS95 (greens), with smocks. Further, they are to BRING full No 2 SD (light-blue Wedgewood shirts, with ties AND JERSEY), and Jeltex (blue foul-weather jackets) where issued. GP jackets are not to be worn by cadets.

The football team are to also bring their kit, including non-marking sole trainers and wash kit.

Uniformed staff are to wear No 2 SD and bring No 1 SD. Civilian staff should wear smart civilian clothes - ACO CI poloshirts where issued, or 84 Sqn poloshirts would be nice.

Discipline

We are guests of 30 Signals Regt and as such our conduct is to be exemplary. A full briefing about what not to do and where not to go will be given on the day. Further, as a military establishment, it is essential that everyone carries appropriate ID at all times - for Cadets F3822s; for uniformed staff F1250/MoD90; and for Civilian Staff, Passports/Driving Licenses. Intake 1/09 Cadets who have not been issued F3822s yet will be given temporary ID for the day.

Drill Squad Practice Session

There will be a training session for the Drill Squad on Saturday morning, 0900-1030hrs. Dress is civvies, but with 'sensible' shoes - combat boots, SPARE parade shoes if you have them, or even just school shoes. Trainers won't help you hear each-other and will ruin the session for everyone.

Overseas Camps 2009 - Update

Sorry I've not posted for so long - there's much to catch-up on! Firstly, continuing from the last post, I am proud to announce that we've been VERY successful with our bids for places on Overseas Camps this year.

Two cadets have been selected to attend Camp in Germany, and one cadet has a reserve place for the Cyprus Camp in October. Most impressively however, is the news that Instructor Cadet Flight Sergeant Virdi will be representing the Corps on the International Air Cadet Exchange 2009, for which she shall be jetting off to New Zealand for almost two weeks, joining Air Cadets from all over the world!

We wish all the very best on their adventures... and look forward to posting their stories and photos when they get home!

Sunday, 22 February 2009

Overseas Camps 2009

We've just been notified of two overseas camp opportunities open to Warwickshire and Birmingham Cadets this year. To be eligible for an overseas camp, a cadet must be 15 or older at the start of the camp, be physically fit, have attended at least 1 UK camp, hold a European Health Insurance Card and valid passport (with at least 6 months remaining from the return date), and have attained the classification of Leading Cadet.

RAF Rheindahlen, Germany

The Wing has 6 male and 2 female places for camp at RAF Rheindahlen, 22-29 Jul 09. Travel will be by air, with Wing providing transport to the UK air head, Heathrow.

Airfare, accident insurance, messing and camp levy is £155. A further £110 is recommended for other expenses and spending money.

The closing date for nominations is 8 Mar 09

RAF Akrotiti, Cyprus

Central and East Region have been allocated a Cyprus camp for the period 22-31 Oct 09. This camp is known for lots of sun, water, civvies and of course - a flight in the helicopters of the 'real' 84 Squadron!

Costs for this camp are estimated to be £275 for airfare, insurance, messing and camp levy. Suggested spending money is £150.

The closing date for nominations is 22 Mar 09

Financial Assistance

As with all corps activities, the Squadron Civilian Committee has the facility to provide financial assistance to those families who would not otherwise be able to take advantage of opportunities such as these camps. If you would like to apply for a grant, please come in to the Squadron and speak to the Commanding Officer.