84 Sqn ATC Crest

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Exercise SNOW EAGLE 2011

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 25 Mar 10 - 3 Apr 11 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 Northolt. Participants are expected to arrive at RAF Northolt 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 £325 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 16 Jan 2011.