84 Sqn ATC Crest

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.