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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.