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Friday, 14 December 2012

Christmas Quiz and Social 2012

Once again, the Squadron's Annual Christmas Quiz will be happening at Baginton Royal British Legion* from 1000 onwards on Sunday 16 December 2012.

Santa had the answer on the tip of his tounge...

Parents, committee members and other friends of the Squadron are invited to join us to challenge the Cadet and Staff teams.

There is no charge, but each cadet has been tasked with providing a platter of food for the buffet, and drinks will be available (at the Legion's great rates!) from behind the bar.

So come and take part, test your knowledge and enjoy time to celebrate the festive season with the Squadron and it's wider family. I look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible!

(* Yes, they really are expecting us this year!!)

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Parents: Transport Needed Tonight!

Our minibus has been temporarily 'grounded' as a result of a 'supply chain error' at the garage, and won't be available to transport us to the RAeS Lecture in Coventry this evening.

Could you help ensure this activity can still take place by providing a lift to a car-full of cadets? Options are to stay for the lecture, to drop-off only, or to pick-up only. Please let me know ASAP if, and how, you can help - You can contact us by phone, email or at the least, by walking through the door and offering help later!

Sunday, 2 December 2012

December Training Programme

 Please find below the link for the December Training Programme:


Coming up this month:
  • Coventry Royal Aeronautical Engineering Society Lecture: Wed 12 Dec. This month's lecture will be on Flight Simulation and is held at Coventry University. Cadets selected need to arrive at the squadron promptly for a 1900hrs departure. Uniform: No2C (Working Blue) 
  • Christmas Quiz and Social: Sunday 16 December at Baginton Royal Legion. Parents and families are welcome to come and make up a team to compete against the cadets and staff in the Annual General Knowledge Quiz! Food will be provided by the cadets - allocations of sweet or savoury have been given to the cadets. Cash bar available. Uniform: Civies
  • BagPack Weekend: 22-23 December at Sainsbury's Kenilworth. Our annual major fundraising event for the Squadron to raise funds for general upkeep of minibus and training aids plus for additional activities throughout the year. Cadets are asked to sign up for shifts on the squadron noticeboard and all are expected to attend at least 2 shifts across the weekend.Uniform: No2 (Wedgewood Blues)
    • Saturday Morning: 0900-1300
    • Saturday Afternoon: 1300-1700
    • Sunday Morning: 1000-1230
    • Sunday Afternoon: 1230-1600 

The Squadron will be on Christmas Standown following the Bagpack until Sunday 6 January 2013. We wish you all the best for the festive season and a Happy New Year. 

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Last-Minute Places Available for Skill At Arms Training Day

Hot Poop: Two extra places have become available for the No8 Skill At Arms Training day at RAF Cosford tomorrow. If you haven't had any rifle training yet and would like to go, call or email the boss TONIGHT before 10pm (he'll be in bed after than, because it is a very early start!).

Monday, 19 November 2012

November 2012 Training Programme


The training programme for November has been updated.

Special Events This Month

  • Polish Aircrew Memorial Parade
  • JNCO Courses
  • Remembrance Sunday Parades
  • Indoor Rock-Climbing Session
  • Short Range (No8/L98) and Long Range (L98) Shooting

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Remembrance Day Parades

ALL cadets and staff are to attend this COMPULSORY parade. Absences will only be authorised if given in writing by parents.


The Squadron will be participating in two parades this Sunday. The majority of the Squadron will be taking part in the local service in Baginton village, but as there isn't enough room in the church for the whole squadron and the parishoners, a smaller contingent will join other local units for the civic parade in Coventry's War Memorial Park.

Who's parading where was decided on Wednesday night. (If you didn't volunteer for Coventry, then parade at Baginton!)

Timings for the two parades are different:

BAGINTON - Everyone to be IN the squadron at 0920hrs. We shall finish back at the Sqn at 1230hrs (normal time). Parents are welcome to attend the church service at Baginton, but as parking is limited at the church cars should be left at the Squadron.

COVENTRY - Mustering on Spencer Avenue (near Spencer Park), to arrive between 0945hrs and 1000hrs. You will be aware that road closures are in place for the parade, so routes to the muster point may be convoluted, and busy with other parents! The parade is expected to finish and disperse by 1200hrs.

DRESS: Uniform is No2 (Wedgewood blues and jerseys) for cadets, No1's for uniformed staff. WEAR WARM BASE LAYERS! Everyone is to bring their own poppy and church offering.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Rock Climbing Night - 15 Nov 12

The indoor rock-climbing evening on Thursday 15 November has been extended from 2 places to 7 places (plus a reserve). Places are on a First-Come, First-Served basis, however we must fill ALL of the six extra places to make this affordable! No previous climbing experience is nessessary, and all equipment is provided.

Transport will be provided by minibus, leaving SHQ at 1840hrs and returning at approximately 2145hrs. The cost is subsidised to just £10 per person for a 2 hour session.

If you would like to try out this great outdoor-sport in the warm indoors, then bring in your money to reserve your place!

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Training Programme and Parade - Sunday 4 Nov 12

Routine Parade: Classes first-half, drill practice (marching in large formations) second-half. Leading cadets will be briefed on how to use the Ultilearn online exam system. Other classes will continue as normal.

Dress: No2C (optional No2/A for those on the parade).

An 84 Sqn Cadet at the 2010 memorial service Memorial Parade: Those attending the Polish Aircrew Memorial Parade can either stay-on at the Squadron or go home for lunch and return later. For those staying, please bring a packed lunch or money for a take-away. Those going home should meet us at the RBL at 1430hrs. Following the parade, dispersal will be at 1630hrs from the RBL Club.

Dress: No2 (Wedgewood Blues), with warm base-layers!

Sunday, 30 September 2012

October 2012 Training Programme


The training programme for October has been published, but as always it is a bit 'dynamic' - so keep a close eye on this website and FB for last minute changes.

Coming-Up This Month

  • Guest Visit: Police Dog Support Unit
  • Air Experience Flying
  • Guest Talk: Airborne Operations
  • Royal Aeronautical Society Lecture: F1 Aerodynamics
  • Gliding Induction Courses
  • NCO Drill and Development Course
  • Enrollment Ceremony
  • HMS Bristol Weekend Camp
  • Halloween Party - Parade of the Dead!

Friday, 14 September 2012

Swimming Championships

Reminder to all attending the Swimming Championships on Saturday 15 September:

Arrive at the Squadron at 1500hrs in sports kit.
Bring with you: Swimming kit, towel, 3822, and any food & drink you may want.

Return: Estimated finish is 2000hrs so approx return to Sqn will be 2045-2100hrs.

Anyone wishing to come along or anyone who suddenly can't attend, please contact Flt Lt Ben Chapman directly.

Good Luck!

Sunday, 2 September 2012

September Training Programme

See link below for the September Training Programme.

Important Dates this month:
  • Sports Season - see previous post with all the details of sporting trials and competitions (Rugby, Hockey, Swimming etc)
  • New Intake - Sunday 16 September will be the start of 'Intake 2012/2' so if you are aged 13-17 and interested in joining please get in touch before this date to find out more.

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Sunday 2 September Training Programme

Tomorrow will be admin/prep for the academic season & Leading exam resits for those that need them.
Uniform: 2C (Working Blue)

Monday, 27 August 2012

Wednesday 29 August

End of Summer Social

This wednesday will be an informal parade to end the of Summer and the start of our Autumn Training period. There will be pizzas, ping-pong and other games to entertain.
Please bring £5 towards the cost of food

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Sporting Season

We are entering the season of Sports Trials and Competitions. Sign-up sheets are on the noticeboard at the Squadron but here's a breakdown of what's coming up 

Sunday 09 September 2012: 
Wyndley Leisure Centre, Sutton Coldfield

  • Wing Open Age Girls Hockey Trails: 1145hrs - 1330hrs (approx)
  • Wing Senior Football Trials: 1300hrs - 1500hrs (approx)
Cadets selected on the day to represent the Wing Team will be required to attend the Regional Competition at RAF Cranwell on Sun 30 September 2012

Saturday 15 September 2012: Wing Swimming Championships
Stechford Cascades, Birmingham, 1600 - 2200hrs (approx)
  •  Juniors: under 16yrs on 31 December 2012
  • Seniors: 16 yrs and over on 31 December 2012
All age groups consist of the following events. Juniors swim 2 lengths and Seniors 3 lengths except for Butterfly events which will be 2 lengths for both age groups and for the Freestyle relay which is 4 cadet swimming one length each.
a. Butterfly
b. Backstroke
c. Breaststroke
d. Freestyle
e. Individual Medley (1 length of each stroke)
f. Freestyle Medley (4x1 length)

Sunday 23 September 2012: Wing Junior & Senior Rugby Trials
Age Groups as follows:
  • Juniors: must be at least 14yrs old and under 16yrs on 01 September 2012
  • Seniors: must be 16yrs and under 19yrs on 30 April 2013
Cadets selected on the day to represent the Wing Team will be required to attend the Regional Competition at RAF Cranwell on Sun 04 November 2012


Saturday, 25 August 2012

Training Programme - Sunday 26 Aug 12

It's the 84 Squadron Olympics! A few crazy games and competitions to round off the summer season.

Dress: Sport(y) Kit (you might get wet). NO UNIFORM.

Friday, 10 August 2012

Westminster Day Trip: Monday 13 August 12

We can now confirm the details for the the tour of the Houses of Parliament, plus visits to other Westminster attractions. Ten cadets have been selected and identified. Letters with consent slips were issued during Sunday's Parade.

Transport will be by squadron minibus. We will be departing from the Squadron at 0655hrs and returning to Coventry early evening. Cadets will be instructed to call home as we pass the M25, about 90 minutes from Coventry.

Costs: Cadets need to bring £5 contribution for transport (minibus+congestion charge), plus enough spending money to cover any museum entries and for lunch. We may also resort to public transport if weather dictates (or feet get tired!), so bring any Oyster Cards if you have them. We estimate you need to bring approx £15 - £20.

Dress & Kit: Wear No2 (Wedgewood Blue) dress and bring a small daysack with jerseys and issued Jeltex foul-weather jackets and suncream (the forcast is for rain and sun). Cadets will need their 3822s and any student ID may also be useful for transport consessions. Remember to have a good breakfast before leaving home and bring plenty of fluids and snacks to keep you going throughout.

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Westminster Day Trip 2012

We can now confirm that the tour of the Houses of Parliament, plus visits to other Westminster attractions will be taking place on Monday 13 August. Full details to be released on Weds parade, but places limited to just 10 cadets.

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Summer Training Programme

 See below link to the August Training Programme


Coming up this summer:
  • Summer Camp Fever: Staff and cadets will travel to several locations to experience life on an active RAF Station by living in the Junior Ranks accomodation and visiting station sections. Activities planned include: flying, gliding, sports, fieldcraft and leadership exercises to name but a few. The week also includes external visits to local aviation memorials, museums and places of interest.
  • Cooking Challenge  - Cadets are set the challenge of cooking a three course meal for staff using only camping stoves. Preparation and planning are key to provide three courses within the set budget. In previous years, staff have been invited to take part in a themed evening with waiter service and 'entertainment' between courses!
  • 84 Olympics - this year the traditional sports day will have an Olympic feel with cadets competing in individual and team sports to see who will be crowned champion on the day!
  • HMS Bristol: 5 cadets will depart at the end of the August for Porstmouth to spend a week aboard HMS Bristol, a Royal Navy training ship. Cadets will enjoy visits to the many Naval museums and attractions in and around Portsmouth.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Orienteering: Sunday 29 Jul

The training programme for this Sunday, 29 Jul 12, will see the Squadron meeting at Coombe Abbey Park for a morning of orienteering exercises. 

Normal parade times apply, dress is civvies (with sturdy trainers or soft walking shoes)

Drop-off and collection in the main visitors carpark.  
Parents wishing to stay and enjoy the park in their own time need to pay the apropriate parking fee

Saturday, 30 June 2012

July Training Programme

Coming up this month:
  • White Water Kayaking - 7-8 July in Bedfordshire. Opportunity for cadets to have a first experience or to improve skills on a downhill course. Cost is £7 for transport and camping fees. Times TBC.
  • Farnborough Futures Day - Friday 13 July. The squadron will be taking a minibus full of selected cadets to attend this educational day at the world famous air show. Details will be emailed to those cadets selected in the next few days.
  • Presentation Day Parade - Sunday 15 July to be held at Airbase, Coventry Airport. Parents and families are invited to celebrate in the squadron's achievements over the past 12 months. Also the perfect opportunity for anyone interested in joining the squadron to come along and find out more and see the squadron in action.

For the full programme, see [ HTML | PDF ].

Friday, 29 June 2012

Come to our Presentation Day Parade and Garden Party at AIRBASE, 15 July 2012

Our squadron will be holding a 'Presentation Day and Parade' on Sunday 15 July 2012, hosted by Air Atlantique at AIRBASE, Coventry Airport. It will be an opportunity for the squadron to celebrate the achievements of all the cadets and staff through the academic year 2011/12; presenting certificates for classifications and qualifications received, and publicly presenting the trophies awarded previously at our Annual Dinner back in February.

As well as the parents and families of the cadets being present, the parade will take place in front of members of the public visiting AIRBASE – indeed, we shall be one of the attractions of the day!

The day will include the taking of a Squadron photograph, drill display, and following the parade, a social 'garden party' with drinks provided by the Civilian Committee. Food will also be available through the Canberra Cafe and DC6 Dinner which are on the same site.

Dress will be No2A for visiting staff and cadets, No 1SD for service guests. We ask that our civilian guests and visitors dress 'smart casual' (shirts and trousers/slacks, or ladies equivalent) as befits the occation.

Arrival for guests will be between 1030 and 1100hrs, with the parade at around 1130 and the garden party continuing into the afternoon. Parking will be available at the AIRBASE car park.

Thursday, 28 June 2012

White Water Kayaking Taster Weekend

In association with Beds and Cambs Wing, the Squadron has been given places for up to 14 cadets to get a taste of white water kayaking next weekend, 7-8 July 2012.

A photo of the slalom course in action

Saturday will see everyone help set-up the course, watch the interpid staff member test it, and then undergo some familierisation training with the kayaks on and off the river. In the evening, we'll be camping out next to the river - but as there is no cooking allowed on site, everyone will have a great excuse to buy-in some take-away pizza or fish and chips to enjoy as the sun sets over the river.

The real adventure awaits on Sunday, when everyone will hit the water to battle the rapids and obstacles along the course.

The cost of the weekend is just £7, to be paid in advance, plus spending money for the evening meal. Packed lunches will also be needed for Saturday. A full kit-list will be issued on Sunday (nothing unusual, all specialist kit is provided).

Those who wish to go on this exciting course must bring in consent forms (CC1, CC3, and if required CC4) and payment (cash or cheque for £7) on Sunday 1 July - places are limited, so get in!

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Sunday 24 June 2012 - A Busy Day for All

The Squadron is taking part in two major events this weekend. A routine parade will NOT be taking place at the HQ. Details of where and when to meet for everyone are as follows:

Wing Field Day

The annual Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing Field Day is taking place at Gamecock Barracks, Bramcote. Thirteen of our cadets will be representing the Squadron in various competitions. The team members and reserves (should) know who they are by now!

Dress: No 2 (Wedgewood Blues).
Also take: Foul weather jackets, jerseys, No3 (Combats) dress, packed lunch, drinks, 3822, sense of humour and pride.
Travel and Times: By coach. Pick-up will be from The Oak pub car park, meeting at 0800hrs. Drop-off will be at the 'normal' parking area opposite the Squadron HQ at approximately 1800hrs.

Race For Life

All other members of the Squadron will be 'parading' at Stoneleigh Park where we shall be manning the finishing-line at Cancer Research's Race For Life event, handing-out medals, water and goodie-bags to an estimated 4,000 participants!

Dress: No 2 (Wedgewood Blues). If the ground is wet, boots may be worn instead of parade shoes.
Also take: Foul weather jackets, jerseys, packed lunch, sense of humour and lots of smiles.
Travel and Times: Get yourself there! Drop-off point will be signposted from the main roads; Meet at the registration tent (it will be signposted) at between 0930 and 0945hrs. The event will finish no later than 1500hrs, though if cadets have to leave earlier, they may do so from 1300hrs.

Any Questions?

If you are unsure about any of the instructions here, contact us by email or phone ASAP. Keep an eye on your email in-box for updates right up until you leave home on Sunday morning!

Next Commandant Air Cadets is Announced

The next Commandant Air Cadets has been revealed today. The current Commandant, Air Commodore Barbara Cooper, said:

“I am delighted to announce that Group Captain Dawn McCafferty RAF (Retired) is the preferred candidate to become the next Commandant Air Cadets. Subject to successful completion of the necessary administrative requirements, she will assume command in the rank of Air Commodore (FTRS) at a date to be confirmed but anticipated August-September 2012.”

With this appointment, we will see our first non-regular officer take command of the organisation. Instead, the Commandant will be a member of the Full-Time Reserve Service (FTRS). These roles are open, in the main, to ex-Service personnel. The broad principle behind the FTRS is that personnel are recruited to make use of skills and competences they already hold (from regular or other Reserve service).

Dawn McCafferty McCafferty joined the RAF in 1983 and completed a 23-year career which culminated in her appointment as the Group Captain Inspector of Recruiting for the RAF. It was in the role that she was the Reviewing Officer for the Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing's Training Day Parade in 2006!

She's no stranger to the workings of the upper ACO neither, as after leaving the regular service in 2006, she volunteered to work in HQ Air Cadets pending full-time employment.

Since 2007, Dawn has been Chairman of the RAF Families Federation, based at RAF Wittering. This job has seen her regularly visit RAF units and meet with RAF personnel and their families to gather evidence of the issues causing concern, and then submitting reports to higher authorities in the RAF, MoD and Government.

Saturday, 9 June 2012

PP12 in Full Swing

The weather has played pretty fairly, and most of the aircraft due in have made it, whilst a few other crews came by road.
The AIRBASE venue has been very welcoming and well received in return. While the BBMF had to pull-out due to the forecast wind conditions, we have still been treated by The Shackleton Preservation Society to a ground engine run.
Two of our Cadets were given the opportunity to join the 8 veterans in experiencing the ground-run from the inside of the Shackleton. Three of the engines were run, and with a combined maximum power of 5880hp, it made quite a growl!

Friday, 8 June 2012

Project Propeller - Joining Instructions

Whilst the weather isn't looking like a perfect summer's day, the aircrew reunion Project Propeller is still on for Saturday 9 June at Coventry Airport. By 9am, the rain should have passed, and the cloud lifted to allow most of the private pilots in. However, it is still forcast to be very windy, so we may still see some of the visiting aircraft be put off.

The drop-off point for Project Propeller is at the AIRBASE car park, and you are to meet me in the shop/reception (or just outside on the airfield side) at 0900hrs.  If you are late, you must come and find a member of staff (probably at the front of or just inside Hangar 7).

Dress is No2 (wedgewood shirt and tie, with jumper).  Don't forget your foul weather jackets either (though we should be lucky and miss the rain).

A buffet lunch is provided.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

June Training Programme

See link below for upcoming events in June


Events this month:

  • Jubilee Celebration Camp: Saturday 09 June at Nesscliffe Training Camp. The 3 cadets selected attending this event organised by the Army Cadet Force will experience a whole host of activities such as archery, climbing tower, command tasks, assault course and much more not forgetting a BBQ lunch!
  • Project Propeller: An annual event bringing veteran aircrew of WW2 together for the day by air, from airfields all over the UK and beyond,  flown-in by volunteer pilots in private light aircraft. Cadets will be on hand to assist passengers from the aircraft, chat to veterans and assist with clear-up once all the aircraft have departed for home. Those listed to attend need to arrive at 0900 at the Airbase Car park. Expected finish time is 1700 although may be earlier (weather depending!)
  • Regional Athletic Championships - Cadet Flight Sergeant Webbon will be representing the Squadron and the Wing for both long jump and 100m - We wish him the best of luck and hope he returns with even more medals!
  • Summer Camp Brief - for all those attending their first camp we are holding briefing for cadets and parents to attend to find out what to take, what activities are happening, what is expected of you and to answer any questions that arise. Starting 20:15 promptly in the main hall.
  • Drill and Development Course: 16-17 June at 2438 (Bishop Ullathorn) Squadron - Cancelled due to inclement weather! Further announcements pending regarding alternative date and possible location.
  • RAF Shawbury Summer Camp: 23 - 30 June. 4 cadets and Warrant Officer J Parker are departing to this RAF station in the heart of Shropshire, the home of the Defence Helicopter Flying School. Cadets will enjoy a whole host of activities such as Flying and/or Gliding, a day on the range, museum visits and local attractions as well as having time to experience and visit all the sections that make up the station and experience life in the RAF.
  • Wing Training Day - Sunday 24 June at Bramcote Barracks. The annual inter-squadron competition day sees all 27 Squadrons from Warwickshire and Birmingham wing come together to compete in events such as drill, first aid, modelling and aircraft recognition. During the formal parade at the end of the day, awards are also made for football, netball and marksmanship competitions, best academic squadron and the overall best squadron of the wing. Good luck to all taking part.
  • Race for Life: Sunday 24 June at Stoneleigh Park. For all those not attending Wing Training Day there is an event happening for which you are all involved. Annually the Squadron is asked to provide volunteers to assist the handing out of medals and goodie bags at the end of the 5k and 10k races. This is an excellent, fun and inspiring day out helping out in the community. Times and meeting point to be confirmed.

Friday, 11 May 2012

Wing 5-A-Side Football Competition

Sunday 13 May

Those in the Junior Team, please arrive at Sqn HQ at 0900 ready to depart.
Uniform: Civies - we have sports kit for you to change into.
Bring with you: Food and drink, shin-pads

Estimated Return: the better we do the longer we stay! 

Monday, 7 May 2012

Winning Streak!

Congratulations to all who competed in the Wing Athletics on behalf of 84 Squadron yesterday. We came away with a respectable amount of medals and as a Squadron we came second overall for boys category for Young Men (17-20yr olds).

Individual winners were:
Flight Sergeant George Webbon: 
Gold medals for 100m and Long Jump
Silver Medal for 200m

Cadet Lauren Coker: 
Silver medal for Senior Girls Shotput

Again, well done to all who took part and supported the atheletes - a good result from a good day out!

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Wing Athletics: Sun 6 May

Here are the details for this weekend's activity:

Arrive: at Squadron HQ at 0830hrs

Uniform: Civvies (Sporting gear / tracksuit and plenty of layers are recommended). 

Bring with you: Sports kit to change into, trainers or running shoes if preferred, packed lunch, plenty to drink, 3822, Waterproofs (weather dependent). If you wish to bring a small amount of money there is a small cafe.
Personal items (mobile phones / ipods etc) are brought at owners risk.  
84 Squadron or the Wing do not hold any responsibility for loss or damage to such items

We aim to return back to the Squadron for approx 1730. 

For all non-athletes, parade will be running as normal - see training programme

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

May Training Programme

The May 2012 Training Programme [HTML | PDF] is now available. As always, some items are flexible so keep checking-back for changes!

We are gearing up for Wing Training Day on 24 June so lots of drill, modelling, first aid amongst other things.

REMEMBER - please bring Coveralls when you see First Aid and/or Modelling on the programme.

Other Activities happening this month:

  • Marksmanship Practice 2 May - selected Cadets to parade normal times at 2286 (Arden) Squadron - see email for details
  • Wing Athletics Championships - Sunday 6 May: see post below for more details
  • Wing 5-a-side Football Competition  Sunday 13 May: Travel TBC
  • Wednesday 16 May - Senior Exam Resits
  • Saturday 19 May - Wing Long Range Shooting

Monday, 16 April 2012

Wing Athletics Championships 2012

Sunday 6 May at Tudor Grange, Solihull.

Calling all runners, jumpers, throwers and supporters! The Wing Athletics Championships are being held at Tudor Grange, Solihull in a few weeks time. Cadets are split according to age and take part in the following events (maximum 3 events per cadet):

Running: 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500m as well as the 4x100m relay

Jumping: High jump and Long Jump

Throwing: Discus, Javlin and Shot

Events are held in heats with the fastest/longest results going through to the next round so remember its not always the winners from each round who automatically qualify. At the end of the day, a team will be selected from the overall winners to represent Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing at the Regional Competition in June.

Please sign up in the Squadron either as a competitor or simply as a supporter to come and cheer those taking part.

Parents - if you wish to come support please let us know so we can give you further details.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

April Training Programme

See below link to the April Training Programme.


PLEASE NOTE: The Squadron will be on Easter Stand-down on Sunday 8 April.

Coming up this month:

  • 01 April - Air Experience Flying. The 8 cadets selected need to be at the Squadron for 0655 ready to depart at 0700. Uniform: No2C (Working Blues). Bring: 3822A, soft shoes, packed lunch and something to keep you occupied whilst others are up flying (homework, books, etc). Girls, please remember to bring/wear trousers.
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award Expeditions. The Practice weekend will be running 31 Mar - 01 Apr followed by the qualifying weekend scheduled for 28-29 Apr. Those interested need to sign up in the Squadron ASAP so we can get planning!
  • Marksmanship Practice: Friday 13 April there will be 8 places for cadets to use the No8 rifle. Opened to the experienced and newly qualified alike. Sign up in the Squadron.
  • Exercise Green Squirrel - 84 Squadron are organising a joint-squadron night-exercise at Bramcote Barracks for 21-22 April. Names have been selected however they may be opportunity for reserves.
  • Weapons Training Weekend: 27 - 29 April at Nesscliff. Opportunity for dry training and live firing on the No8 or L98A2 rifles.

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Overseas Camp Opportunity: Ramstein 2012

We've just got word from HQAC that two overseas camps have been authorised at Ramstein, a United States Air Force Base in Germany, this summer. The dates will be 5-11 Aug, and 11-18 Aug 12. Wing are seeking bids from 'seriously interested' cadets and staff at the earliest opportunity.

Cadets must be aged 15 or older, achieved Leading Cadet, and have been on a previous UK residential camp (a week-long camp at HMS Bristol may be considered eligable). The last camp to Ramstein in 2010 cost £125 for transport, insurance and messing, and required approximately €100 in spending money. Applicants should anticipate this 10-20% increase.

If you would like to apply for a place, please contact the OC or Adj NOW (by phone or email).

Monday, 19 March 2012

Initial Expedition Training Weekend

Saturday 24 - Sunday 25 March 2012

For those selected to go, an email has been sent out but find a link to the covering letter and suggested kit list below:

Covering Letter

Kit list

Remember you need to arrive at 0900 on Saturday in the main car park, Rough Close, Tanners Lane, Berkswell, CV7 7DD.

Isle of Wight Camp, Jubilee 2012

RAF base closures, budget cuts and the operational tempo in recent years has resulted in a significant reduction in the number of formal Annual Camp places available across the Corps. This year, the resources required for the Olympic Games have compounded the problem even further.

In an effort to address this, Balsall Common and Stratford Squadrons have organised a special camp on the Isle of Wight for the Half-Term/Jubilee Holiday week, 2-9 June, and they have invited a selected few other local Squadron to take part.

The itinery looks fantastic and diverse: Based out of Jersey Camp & Newtown Range (an MOD training area on the island), activities will include fieldcraft training sessions and a night out
under shelters on the training area, canoeing/sailing, basic diving instruction and other visits/activities across the Isle of Wight.

The only qualification necessary for attendance is that you are
enrolled Cadets and hold basic swimming proficiency certificates (we
will be holding swimming assessments should anyone need them).

The cost is obviously higher than a normal 'blue' ATC camp as we are funding everything ourselves. However, even with all food, accommodation, transport and activities, the total cost will be just £200.

The closing date for bids is this Wednesday. To secure your place, you must bring a deposit of £50 to the parade in the evening! Full payment and consent/declarations will be required at a later date from those selected.

Bronze DofE Practice Expedition to Malvern

Calling all those interested in starting their Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme (DofE), and those needing to finish it!

We have been invited by 485 (Harborne & Quinton) Squadron to take a team to their 'practice' expedition over The Malverns on the weekend 31 Mar - 1 Apr 12.

This is a final call for participants, as route planning begins on Wednesday night. The cost for the weekend (which covers transport, pitch fees, gas, and tents), will be £20. Everyone wanting to be part of the team must return Consent and Declarations forms (here) along with payment down to the Squadron by Sunday 25 March.

Malvern Ridge - English Heritage

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Operation Camera Control

Remember to bring your cameras and equipment on Sunday 18 March ready for the photographic assignment!

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Tesco Sports Vouchers

We are now collecting Tesco's Sports vouchers at the Squadron.

Don't forget there's a prize for the flight with the most vouchers so get collecting!

Sunday, 19 February 2012

March Training Programme

The March training programme is almost complete with more exciting activities coming up.


Important Dates to Note:

  • Sun 4 March - Another 10 Cadets have the opportunity to visit Coventry Air Traffic Control as part of Airmanship I training.
  • Exams - to be held on Wednesday 7 March for all those taking Leading, Senior and Master Classifications. NOT TO BE MISSED!
  • Sat 10 March - 5 Cadets will get the opportunity to attend No8 shooting.
  • Sun 11 March - Visit to Coventry Airport Fire Section for practical demonstrations and the opportunity to visit another element of our busy local airfield.
  • Sat 24 - Sun 25 March - Initial Expedition Training Weekend for all those relatively new cadets to practice elements taught in the classroom with activities set in the outdoors. Includes the chance to camp out overnight, learn how to cook with camping stoves and much more.
  • Fri 23 - Sun Sun 25 March - Weapons Training Weekend for No 8, L98A2 and L81 rifles.

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Weathered Out

Whilst we're not normally defeatist when it comes to a bit of snow, the warming after the snow fall followed by the drop in temperature forecast overnight means that there may be significant ice hazards in the morning. As a result, I have decided the cancel the squadron parade altogether on Sunday 5 February.

Please remember that it is our annual inspection on Wednesday (8 Feb), and FS Irvine's last parade. Dress will be No2 (Wedgwood blues).

Daventry ATC Sunday Parade: Cancelled

In light of the forecast weather conditions over the next 24 hours, Dep OC Wg has cancelled the ATC Sunday parade due to be held in Daventry this weekend. As a result, the squadron will revert to normal routine parade times of 1000-1230hrs.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

February Training Programme

See below the Training Programme for February


  • Sun 5 Feb: Normal parade will finish at 1200 in order for prompt departure for Daventry ATC Sunday Parade. Those attending the parade need to bring a packed lunch and wear suitably warm layers under their uniform. Expected time of return is 4.30pm
  • Sunday 12 February: 10 lucky cadets will be selected to visit Coventry Air Traffic tower as part of their Airmanship lessons. The visit will take place during normal parade times and cadets will experience a working Air Traffic and Radar environment at their local airport. Further visits to be arranged for early March
  • Dining In Night - Friday 24 February at Newbold Comyn Arms, Leamington. See below for further details
  • Saturday 25 February - Range day and Flying at RAF Cosford: 16 cadets to be selected to attend either flying or shooting. Timings and further details to be confirmed closer to the date
  • Sunday 26 February - Squadron Stand down

Friday, 20 January 2012

Dining-In Night 2012

Friday 24 February 2011

The squadron will be celebrating the achievements of 2011 at their annual dining-in night at The Newbold Comyn Arms (source: Beer in the Evening) The Newbold Comyn Arms on Friday 24 February 2011. Our Principal Guest of Honour will be west midlands entrepreneur Sir Peter Rigby, a former Air Cadets and the new owner of Coventry Airport.

Sir Peter Rigby (source: BBC News)

The Civilian Committee are subsidising this event so the cost for cadets is £10 to include a three-course silver-service dinner and drinks.

Places are strictly limited, so early bids for tickets should be made. All cadets, staff and committee members have been invited by email, and the bidding process (including voting for the menu selection) is done online. These bids should be followed up by payment (£10 cash or cheque) to the squadron office by Wednesday 8 Feb latest.

NB: As a 'Dining-In Night' is a formal parade, this one will replace the normal routine parade on Sunday 26 Feb.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Training Programme - January 2012

Here is the master Training Programme for January 2012. Keep an eye on it for changes!

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