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Thursday, 18 December 2014

2014 Christmas BagPack: The Results are in!

Congratulations to all the cadets who worked extremely hard in the annual bagpacking fundraiser before Christmas 2014. The grand total raised was an impressive £1638.55!!!! 

On Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st of December 2014, cadets from 84 Squadron took up their places at the end of the busy checkouts at the Sainsbury's store in Kenilworth offering assistance to customers in packing their bags. The weekend was busy and the flow of both routine and Christmas shoppers through the store was non-stop but the cadets worked hard split into shifts to cover all available tills throughout the day. 

Many customers commented on smartness and professionalism of the cadets and how much easier they had made the shopping experience. Sainsbury's staff and management added their praise commenting that the cadets not only offered an excellent service to the customers with a personal touch but also helped to keep the queues down to a minimum with the increase in sales over the busy festive period.

Supervising the cadets across the weekend was Flying Officer Rosie Chapman (Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (Training)) who said, "I am always amazed by the generosity of the general public and the positive comments received about our cadets not only reflects the high standard of young adults at 84 Squadron but also within the entire organisation. I am very privileged to be part of this amazing unit and would like to thank you to all those who contributed to the fantastic result".

Photos, Clockwise from top Left: Corporals Jessica Lucas & Lauren Coker, Cadet Saajan Virdi, Cadet Harvey Moore & Cadet Ryan Kelly, Cadet James Greenacre with the collecting bucket & Corporal Cameron Buswell

Monday, 1 December 2014

December Training Programme

See below links for the December Training Programme.


Key Dates to remember this month:

  • Sun 7 December: ONLY RTF and NCOs are required to attend this parade. All other cadets should be at home, completing their classification exams. [EXAMS] - use this link to go direct to the Ultilearn Login page.
  • Wed 10 December: Royal Aeronautical Society Lecture  - EVERYONE to meet at at the venue: Lecture Theatre ECG26, Engineering & Computing Building, Coventry University, Coventry, CV1 5DD
  • Sun 14 December: The Christmas Social Activity will now be a bowling competition at TenPin Bowling, Coventry. Meet there at 1000hrs. Finish approx.1200hrs. Uniform: Civvies. Bring money for food/drinks if required.

  •  Wed 17 December: Christmas Party! Festive Jumpers and Christmas Hats all round!

Sat 20 & Sun 21 December: Annual Christmas Bagpacking at Sainsbury's Kenilworth. Sign up for a MINIMUM of one shift each.

Monday, 24 November 2014

November Activities UPDATE

Climbing at Redpoint: Thurs 27 Nov 14

Cost: £12 payable in advance.

Uniform: Civies (loose, comfortable clothing recommended)

Timings: Depart 84 Sqn HQ 1815hrs. Return 2145hrs.

What to bring: Completed Consent Form & Medical Declaration Form - See Link below

Joint Squadron Fieldcraft & Activity Weekend at DOI Nesscliff: 28 - 30 Nov 14

See link below for the kit list. Please email the Adjutant ASAP if there are any queries. If you need to borrow kit from the Squadron we will sort this on Wednesday during parade.

Kit List

Consent Forms (links below) and printed kit lists are available on Wed.

Costs: £5 payable in advance.

Travel Plan: Depart from 84 Squadron at 1800hrs on Friday 28 Nov 14. Therefore please aim to arrive at the Sqn 1745hrs. All cadets to travel in No3 DPM/PCS.

Return journey on 30 Sun 14 arriving back at 84 Sqn approx 1730-1800hrs. 

Consent Form   &   Medical Declaration Form

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Armistice Parade - 11 November 2014

Cadets attending the Bedworth Armistice Parade see details below.
Remember this is a school day so you MUST ask permission from your school to take the time out. Letters have been handed out and emailed to all signed up for the parade.

Location & Timings: 
If you are travelling to Bedworth yourself, please meet at Church Way, Bedworth no later than 0930hrs
If you need transport, please meet staff at the Squadron at 0845hrs

The parade will end approx 1200hrs. Return travel with staff to Sqn will need to advise parents of expected time back in Coventry.

Uniform: No 2 (Wedgewoods) - Trousers / Skirt, Long-sleeved shirt, tie, beret and jumper. No Waterproofs allowed for the parade. Bring Waterproofs if bad weather forecast.

Remember to wear a poppy and warm layers as majority of the parade will be outdoors.

Remembrance Sunday Parade Details

On Sunday 09 November, 84 Squadron will split into two contingents to attend both the Baginton and Coventry Remembrance Parades. Cadets have been assigned to each parade so please check details below for each one.

Coventry Parade:
Meet at Spencer Avenue at 0945hrs. 
Uniform: No 2 (Wedgewoods) - Trousers / Skirt, Long-sleeved shirt, tie, beret and jumper. No Waterproofs allowed for the parade. 
The parade will end at approx 1200hrs

Baginton Parade:
Meet at 84 Sqn HQ at 0930hrs.
Uniform: No 2 (Wedgewoods) - Trousers / Skirt, Long-sleeved shirt, tie, beret and jumper. No Waterproofs allowed for the parade. 
The parade will end at approx 1200hrs at Baginton Royal British Legion. Cadets need to be collected from the Legion in Baginton Village centre, NOT from the Sqn. Please bring some change for the collection.

EVERYONE needs to wear a poppy (Instructions on how to wear it are on the Facebook page).

Remember that the weather is much colder and both parades will spend the majority of time outdoors, therefore warm layers are advisable as long as they can't be seen under your uniform!

Monday, 3 November 2014

November Training Programme

 See below links for November TP:


Coming up this month:

  • Sun 2 Nov - Visit to National Memorial Arboretum: 18 cadets and 3 staff visited this national treausure as part of the season of remembrance. See seperate post about the visit.
  • Sun 9 Nov - Remembrance Parades. This year the squadron will be parading both in Baginton Village and Coventry city centre. See seperate post for all the timings and details for each parade.
  • Tuesday 11 Nov - Cadets and staff will travel to Bedworth town centre to take part in one of the biggest Armistice Parades outside of London. It is quite a priviledge to take part in the huge parade followed by the two minutes silence at 1100hrs on 11th day of the 11th month. Details will be given to the cadets attending and will be on their emails. Please note cadets attending will need permission from school to attend.
  • Sat 15 Nov - 4 Cadets will travel to RAF Cosford to take part in No8 Live Fire Marksmanship Training. The cadets who have to pass a 6-monthly weapons handing test will get to put this skills to use on the 25m barrack range firing at a variety of targets and hopefully gaining a marksmanship badge.
  • Sat 22 Nov - Opportunity for those L98A2 qualified cadets to fire at 100, 200 & possibly 300m at Kingsbury Range Day. This also allows cadets chance to fire from different positions such as kneeling and sitting.
  • Sun 23 Nov - We have our final allocation for flying of 2014. Fingers crossed we get some cadets up in the air this time around. At the moment we have 6 places but please be aware this may well be reduced due to pilot availability. More details to come.
  • Thurs 27 Nov - Climbing session at Redpoint Climbing center. A joint activity with cadets from 2286 Squadron to try out a new activity or for those with experience, to  progress onto more challenging climbs. Names and money to be paid IN ADVANCE to the office.
  • 28-30 Nov - Cadets from 84 Squadron will be travelling to Nesscliffe Training Camp to take part in a joint fieldcraft and expereince weekend with 480 Squadron. Over the weekend cadets will learn how to make up their bed-packs ready for inspections, take part in drill lessons, first aid qualifications, climbing and even get the chance to fire (depending on qualifications) as well as much much more. All this is costing just £5!!!! Money needs to be paid for those cadets already signed up ASAP.
Another busy month for the cadets and staff of 84 Squadron!!! We are also continuing with academic lessons on Wednesday parades so please ensure you are there to get through the material as we hope to hold the exam sessions at the end of the month and beginning of December so that we can all have a big end of year social to celebrate!

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Visit to National Memorial Arboretum

On Sunday 2 November 84 Squadron will take approx 25 cadets to visit the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire as part of the season of Remembrance. Cadets and staff will take the opportunity to wander amongst the park and think about those who sacrificed their lives for their country. 

Date: Sun 2 Nov 14
Timings: Depart Sqn HQ at 0900hrs. Approx Return 1400hrs.
What to bring: Waterproof Jacket as per weather forecast. Packed lunch & drinks.
Uniform: No 2C (Working Blue)
Costs: £5 to be paid in advance for transport costs.

Any questions / drop-outs please email the office ASAP.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

October Training Programme

Please find below details for October parades.


Coming up this month:
  • NCO Training - Sun 5 October: To welcome the newly promoted Cadet NCOs we are holding a team building and training session. There is NO Parade this Sunday for the main Squadron, NCOs only.
  • Wed 15 October - RAes Lecture: The next in the series of Winter Programme from the Royal Aeronautical Engineering Society held at Warwick University. This month's talk is titled "Ejector Seats - State of the Art". Cadets need to sign up in the Sqn if they wish to attend.
  • Sat 25 October - Air Experience Flying: Our first slots back at Cosford to experience flying the Grob Tutor following a delayed halt due to engineering issues and then resurfacing at Cosford runway! There are only 8 slots so comeptition will be high for places. More details on how we will select cadets to attend coming shortly.
  • RAF Boulmer Camp - 18-25 Oct: Two cadets have already claimed places for this week long expereince camp at an active RAF Station. There are still 2 male places available if anyone is still interested? Please let us know ASAP. [note it does not fall within Coventry schools half-term, a letter can be provided to support your application for time off during term if required]
  • Cyprus Camp 16-25 Oct: One very lucky Cadet, Thomas Franklin will be departing the UK shores to attend a week long overseas camp at RAF Akrotiri in Cyrus. The group will visit different sections of the station as well as local tourist attractions. We wish him all the best for the visit and hope he can call in at our full-time counterparts, 84 Squadron who are based out there!

Looking ahead to November:

  • Sun 2 November: Visit to National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. We would like to take the whole Squadron (or as many as possible) to celebrate and learn about Remembrance, what it means for us as individuals and as members of the Air Cadets. Timings will be slightly longer than normal Sunday parade but we expect to be back approx 1430hrs. Costs TBC as we hope to get a training grant therefore the coach costs would be covered. Entry is free.
  • Sun 9 November: Remembrance Sunday - A Complusory parade for whole squadron to attend. This year we will have a small contingent at Baginton to support to local parade and the remainder of the squadron will all join with the Wing in Coventry city centre. More details coming soon.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Open Evening: Wednesday 10 Sepetmber 2014

84 Squadron are holding an Open Evening on Wednesday 10 September from 1930 - 2100hrs for all interested new recruits. Our next intake will then begin formally on Wed 17 September (1900-2130hrs)

If you are aged between 12yrs (& in year 8 at school) and 17yrs then you could become part of one of the most dynamic and vibrant Squadrons the Air Training Corps has to offer!
84 Squadron meet twice weekly on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings offering a whole host of activities from academic lessons in aviation based subjects, sports, leadership training and in the technical aspects of drill (marching and static manoeuvres) . This is all combined with taking part in Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme, gaining BTEC level qualifications as well as offering young people the opportunities to gain flying experience up in the air!

If you would like to find out more, or would like to come to pick up a joining pack, please come along to the Open Evening.

September Training Programme

See below the planned programme for September.


Coming up this month:

  • Sun 7 Sep - Bronze DofE Day Walk: Cadets preparing for this Bronze level expedition are taking part in a day walk around the local area to build on group walking skills and practice carrying their kit! Arrive SQH at 0830hrs with rucksack, food, water (minimum 3 ltrs) walking boots and appropriate walking clothes. Also remember waterproofs & suncream. Return to unit approx. 1730hrs but cadets will confirm with parents en route.

  • NEW INTAKE!!! On Wed 10 September we invite any interested new recruits to come look around the unit, pick up the information and forms on how to join in preparation for the formal start of the latest intake on Wed 17 September. See separate post for further details.
  • 13-14 Sep - Bronze DofE Expedition: 6 cadets will be taking part in the practical element of their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award by competing an overnight walking and camping expedition around Warwickshire area. Please note there is no parade on Sunday 14 Sep due to allocation of staff.
  • Kingsbury Range & The Martin Trophy Competition - Sat 20 Sep: The Wing's first Long Range Competition where cadets compete individually to gain the Martin Trophy as well as practicing their marksmanship skills over greater distances.
  • Wing Swimming Championships - Sat 20 September: This annual swimming gala, held at Stetchford Baths, Birmingham, sees the Wing come together to compete in a variety of different individual and team events. Details for those attending will be posted separately.
  • Squadron Dining-In Night - Friday 26 Sep: See separate post for details. Please note this replaces the normal parade on Sunday 28 Sep.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

2014 Dining-In Night

On Friday 26 September 2014, 84 Squadron will host its annual Dining-In Night. The event allows the Squadron to celebrate the fantastic achievements of the cadets over the last 12 months, to thank friends of the Squadron who have recently assisted the unit and also includes the tradition of dining-out long-standing members who have recently left.

The Event this year will be back at the Newbold Comyn Arms, Leamington Spa, CV32 4EU from 1845hrs to 2230hrs. Dress for the occasion will be Tuxedo or Evening Dress. Alternatively, Cadet Interim Mess Dress may be worn - uniform shoes, trousers or skirt and beret but with a WHITE shirt and black BOW TIE.

We look forward to sharing the awards and presentations from the evening in pictures after the event.

Going for Gold!

A HUGE Congratulations to the group of 84 Squadron cadets who have completed their practice Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award Expedition in Yorkshire Dales and Qualifying Expedition in Durham Dales, all within the space of 3 weeks!

The expeditions were very challenging, not only with navigation in remote areas and hard terrain, but also with the challenging weather, extreme heat, low visibility, driving rain and fighting off midges.

They have done the Squadron, their instructors and themselves proud and are the first group in 84 Squadron's recent history to complete an expedition to Gold standard!!

They are an inspiration to others on Squadron, showing what determination and focus can achieve!
CWO Blount, Sgt May, Cpl Coker, Cdt Dhanjal & Cpl Galatowicz

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

August Training Programme

Finally we can publish the August Training Programme! (Apologies for the delay due to camps and personal holidays!)


[Please note - activities planned will be subject to numbers in attendance, weather and staffing]

Thursday, 17 July 2014

A Meeting with Royalty - All in a Days Work for FS Bradley Simpson

FS Simpson, Lord Mayor's Air Cadet 2014-15
On Wednesday 16 July, Flight Sergeant Bradley Simpson undertook his next assignment as Lord Mayor's Air Cadet for Coventry by attending the opening of the Centenary Fields project at Coventry War Memorial Park. The event was officially commemorated by non other than HRH The Duke of Cambridge.

FS Bradley Simpson has only just been appointed as the Air Cadet representative for Lord Mayor, Councillor Hazel Noonan, for 2014-15 but already he has been prominent in the Armed Forces Day parade and then a personal invitation to join his counterparts from the Army and Sea Cadets in the royal enclosure at this prestigious event landed in the doormat! 
Meeting with HRH The Duke of Cambridge. (Photo: Coventry Council)

The Centenary Fields project aims to secure recreational spaces across the nation to honour the memory of the millions of people who lost their lives in World War I. Coventry's very own War Memorial Park was designated to be the first space and was launched by HRH The Duke of Cambridge who assisted Councillor Hazel Noonan in unveiling the new plaque which will be displayed alongside the War Memorial.

FS Simpson was extremely nervous about meeting HRH but said that he felt totally at ease when speaking personally with him: "It was such an honour to meet with Royalty and I am so proud to represent 84 Squadron and the Air Cadets in general. This is such a fantastic cause to be involved with in this centenary year". 
HRH The Duke of Cambridge and Councillor Hazel Noonan Unveiling the new plaque
For more photos from the event visit the 84 Squadron Facebook Page or the Coventry Telegraph

Photographs Courtesy of Mr David Simpson - proud father of FS Simpson

Monday, 14 July 2014

Summer BBQ and Minibus Naming Ceremony

In celebration of the recent hard work towards Wing Training Day and the outstanding results (5th overall in the Wing!) the Squadron held a Celebration BBQ on Sunday 13 July. As well as the enjoyment of the BBQ with parents and guests, there was a formal parade during which the minibus was official dedicated to the memory of Eric Rouse.

Flt Lt Eric Rouse was a key figure in the history of 84 Squadron and the Air Cadets in Coventry. Following his service as a cadet, Eric joined as an adult Civilian Instructor in 1949 from which he progressed through to gain his commission in the 1960s. Not stopping there, Eric joined the Wing team as Wing Staff Officer before finally retiring from uniformed service. He then continued his commitment to the Squadron by joining the Civilian Committee where he was Chairman for many years. Unfortunately, Eric passed away just before Christmas 2013 leaving a long legacy of memories and service at 84 Squadron and Air Cadet Organistion. Never before has anyone given so much time and service to one unit.

During the parade, Mrs Sylvia Rouse, Eric's wife, dedicated the minibus in his memory and unveiled the new signage on the doors of his signature giving it his own unique seal of approval. Mrs Rouse was very touched and moved by the gesture and took time to remember his time and dedication for 84 Squadron.

After all the formalities there was BBQ and drinks for everyone. A big Thank You to all those volunteers who made the event a success. For more photos, see the Squadron Facebook Page.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Introducing the 2014-15 Lord Mayor's Cadet for Coventry...

 ....84 Squadron's very own Flight Sergeant Bradley Simpson!

 Following successful nomination from 84 Squadron staff through to Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing, Flight Sergeant (FS) Bradley Simpson was selected by the Lord Mayor of Coventry, Councillor Hazel Noonan to be the Air Cadet representative for 2014-15.

FS Simpson, aged 17yrs old, will not only represent 84 Squadron but the Wing and the Corps in a variety of different events spread throughout the Mayoral calender. His first engagement was to parade alongside the Army and Sea Cadet counterparts at the head of the Armed Forces Day Parade through Coventry city centre on Sat 28 June 2014.

Other events spread throughout the year include attendance at formal parades such as the Centenary of WWI commemorations event, Freedom Parade to HMS Diamond and Remembrance Parade in November. The highlight of the year will be meeting HRH Duke of Cambridge at an event in Memorial Park on Wed 16 July as part of the Centenary Fields Programme

FS Simpson was completely overwhelmed when he heard of his appointment and for once was speechless! To mark his new status, he will now wear a second brassard to proudly display the Lord Mayor's embroidered crest. Officer Commanding of 84 Squadron, Flight Lieutenant Nathan Adams said "It is a great honour for both 84 Squadron and  FS Simpson to be chosen to be this year's Coventry Lord Mayor's Air Cadet. It is a very prestigious appointment which will involve partaking in many high profile public events as an ambassador for both the Air Training Corps and the city of Coventry"

Watch this space for further upcoming high-profile events staring FS Simpson!

Monday, 7 July 2014

Wing Training Day 2014

 Congratulations to the 2014 Wing Training Day Team!

Following months of dedicated training and hard work, 84 Squadron took 5th place overall out of all 27 squadrons in Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing! A massive achievement showing the cadets' commitment and drive to win across a wide range of activities.

Individual Events Results
(overall out of 27 Squadrons)

Drill - 7th Place
Banner Drill - 4th Place 
Individual model - 2nd Place
Diorama - 2nd Place
PR - 8th place
Collins Trophy Shoot - 4th place
5-a-side Football, Senior Team -  3rd Place

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Jog on Cancer!

On Sunday 29 June, Cadets and Staff from 84 Squadron took part in and helped organise the Cancer Research UK Race For Life event at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry.

Lead by Flying Officer Rosie Chapman, 6 female cadets lined up to take on the challenge of the 5K course at Stoneleigh Agricultural Park. The Sun shone and kept the group in high spirits as they all crossed the finish line in under 40minutes flat!

Meanwhile, Flight Lieutenant Nathan Adams and the boys were tasked with helping set up the start of the course and then were on hand to hand out over 3000 medals and water bottles to all the race competitors.

Fantastic effort to both teams of cadets, a great support to the Cancer Research UK team and an asset to the Squadron in their professional and diligent manner in getting the task done whilst raising awareness and money for a very worthy cause.

Monday, 30 June 2014

July Training Programme

See below links for the July Programme.
[HTML]   [PDF]

Coming up this month:

  • Wing Training Day (WTD) - Sunday 6 July. In preparation for this big event only those in the drill team or modelling group (or otherwise specifically involved in WTD) are to attend parade on Wed 2 July. (Uniform will be Civvies but with coveralls for the modellers and parade shoes for those in the drill team). Further details for the actual event to be confirmed
  • Royal Air Force Association Youth Visit - Wednesday 09 July. Cadets will enjoy a presentation from the RAFA Youth section on how they can get involved and what opportunities are out there for young people interested in aviation, the RAF and military life!
  • Summer BBQ - Sunday 13 July. Parents and guardians are invited to share in the success of the whole Squadron at the annual summer BBQ. Replies to the office for catering before 09 July please. More details coming soon!
  • Gold DofE Expeditions - This month several cadets will take to the North Yorkshire Moors for a tough but exhillerating few days of walking to complete the expedition element of their Gold Duke of Edingburgh's Award. Good Luck!
  • White Water Kayaking Weekend - 26-27 July. Over the weekend cadets will learn the basic skills in white water kayaking gaining their BCU Level 1 qualification. For those who attended in previous years there will be a chance to improve their qualifitications and take it to the next level. 
  • Practical Map Reading Exercises - Sun 27 Jul. Opportunity to put into practice map reading skills in a visit to either Ryton Pools or Coombe Abbey Park (TBC) on the orienteeering course. Older, more experienced Cadets will be leading groups of junior cadets to pass on their skills.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Armed Forces & Race For Life - Event Details

This weekend, 28 & 29 June, we have two major events happening so check details below for each carefully!

Armed Forces Day Parade
When: Sat 28 June 2014
Timings: 1030-1040hrs arrive. The parade will be finished at approx 1230hrs
Where: Coventry City Centre 
Meeting / Collection Point: Holy Trinity Church, Broadgate (Near Lady Godiva Statue)

Uniform: Wedgewood Blues
Bring With you: No items required
Who: Selected Cadets from Wednesday's Parade only

Cancer Research Race for Life
When: Sunday 29 June 2014
Timings: Arrive 0900hrs. Depart 1445 - 1500hr approx
Where: Stoneleigh National Agricultural Centre 
Meeting / Collection Point:Stoneleigh Park Main Entrance (Ignore the Signs for Competitors Entrance!)
Uniform: - Male Cadets need to be in DPM/MTP trousers, Boots, Sqn T-Shirts and Berets. NO SMOCKS/JACKETS. Alternative to Sqn T-shirt is a plain Dark Green, Black or Bright Pink! Females to start in sports kit for the race itself then get changed after.
Bring With you: Suncream / Waterproof Jacket, Small amount of money for food/drink vans or own food/drinks.
Who: ALL**

**PLEASE NOTE: There is NO normal parade at the Squadron on Sunday. ALL cadets to attend Race for Life Event unless pre-authorised.

Friday, 20 June 2014

Sporting Gold!

Following the success at Wing Athletics in May, Cadets Saajan Virdi and Georgia Roddis were selected to attend the Regional Championships in early June.

Cadet Virdi, aged 14yrs, came away with yet another two gold medals to add to his collection winning in both the Shotput and Discuss events and was invited to take part in the Corps Championships later this month.
Cadet Roddis competed hard in her races but unfortunately the standard was high and she was unable to reach the medal table this time.

Well done to both cadets for getting to the next stages in the competition and for representing 84 Squadron and the Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing with a high standard of professionalism and a healthy competitive edge!

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Pre-Gliding Scholarship Training First for 84

Corporal James Burgess was the first cadet from 84 Squadron to attend the Regional Activity Centre at RAF Wyton to complete the Pre-Gliding Scholarship Training. 

The one-day course entailed running through basic handling techniques of the aircraft, rules of the circuit and practical assessment on the Vigilant flight simulator taking the glider through the take off and landing procedures. Corporal Burgess will now await allocation to complete his scholarship at RAF Little Rissington. On return to the squadron, Officer Commanding, Flight Lieutenant Nathan Adams presented him with his certificate of completion. Corporal Burgess said "it was an excellent for me opportunity to get hands-on experience in the glider and I learnt a lot from the day. I am really looking forward to getting back in the glider for real and continuing my training. My goal is to be able to fly solo before I pass my driving test!"

Well Done Corporal, the first of many we hope!

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Putting the Air back into Air Cadets....Virtually!

On Wednesday 04 June, twelve cadets had the privilege of being the first group to try out the Flight Simulator at Atlantic Flight Training (AFT) following an invitation to create a partnership with the cadets to assist with flying training and apprenticeships.

Travelling only a few minutes around the airport base, Flight Lieutenant Nathan Adams, Officer Commanding of 84 Squadron and Flying Officer Rosie Chapman took the selected cadets to try out the Diamond Air DA-42 Twin Star simulator and get some hands on experience with a professional training school. On arrival, Operations Manager, Alex Lee and Operations Controller, Cameron Brown took six cadets each into one of the dedicated training rooms where they introduced the equipment and how it operated before going through the basic flying controls of the aircraft using the rudder pedals and control column. 
As ever, there was a competitive element to the activity as each cadet was given approx 10mins in the pilot’s seat taking the aircraft through the take-off procedures, around the circuit and back in to land. Votes were then cast as to who had made the best landing from each group and the winners then had to fly a circuit with an independent adjudicator from AFT. The overall winner, earning a flying badge and key-ring courtesy of AFT was Cadet Ben Styles with close second going to Cadet James Greenacre.  
The visit was a huge success and the first of many to come as 84 Squadron have been offered regular visits to both the simulator and the chance to look around the aircraft as part of ongoing training for all levels of their academic studies within the ATC. A huge thank you to Alex and Cameron as well as the AFT management for allowing this partnership to begin, we look forward to many more exciting times up in the virtual air! 

For more photos, check out our Squadron Facebook Page!


Sunday, 1 June 2014

Air Rifle Taster Session

The BSA Scorpion Air Rifle
On Sunday 01 June 2014, four cadets travelled to 492 (Solihull) Squadron for their first ever taster session on the BSA Scorpion Air Rifle.

Cadets had the opportunity to look at how the range was set up within the squadron building followed by a thorough introduction to the weapon before being allowed to try it out on the 5.5m indoor range. Firstly firing a grouping shot to test their position before moving on to a friendly competition between themselves and then against several cadets from the host squadron! Cadets commented on how much they enjoyed the session and how useful it was to put into practice the marksmanship principles. 
For more photos - check out our Squadron Facebook Page.

A big Thank You to 492 Squadron for their hospitality and for sharing this resource with us.

Sunday, 25 May 2014

June Training Programme

See below link for June Training Programme.


Coming up this month:
  • Air Rifle Taster Session - Visit to Solihull to see how an indoor air rifle range is set up along with a taster on the scorpion rifles. 

  • The latest recruits will be the first to visit to Atlantic Flight Training to experience the Flight Simulator and look around the professional flying training school

  • Collins Trophy Competition - A selected team of cadets will compete in the annual Wing Marksmanship competition at RAF Cosford

  • Enrollment Parade - the latest recruits will be fully enrolled into the Squadron making their promise to the Air Training Corps

  • Race4Life - The Squadron will be supporting this local event at Stoneleigh Park by manning the finish line, assisting with water points throughout the course and the female cadets will be taking part in running (or walking) the 5k or 10k

  • Lots of Drill, Modelling, First Aid and Aircraft Recognition in preparation for Wing Training Day held at Bramcote Barracks Sun 6 Jul

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Hot and Tired but Incredibly Proud!

A big well done to all of the Cadets and Staff who completed the 12-Mile Myton Hospice Walk on Sunday 18 May 2014 in the blisteringly hot sunshine raising much needed funds for a very worthwhile local cause.

Lots of people have commented that the team are a credit to the Squadron and the Air Training Corps. Congratulations!

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Athletics Champions!

84 Squadron returned from Wing Athletics very hot, tired but full of pride with many medals to show for their fantastic achievements across an array of track and field events.

A HUGE congratulations to all who took part on what was one of the hottest days of the year so far! The medal winners from the 2014 competition were:

Cadet Saajan Virdi - Three outstanding Gold medals for Long Jump, Shotput & Discuss

Cadet Georgia Roddis - Gold for 800m and Silver for both 300m and Long Jump

Cadet Thomas Franklin - Bronze for High Jump

Corporal Adam Henbury - Gold for Shotput

Cadet Phoebe Jenner - Silver for Javelin & Discuss

The boys relay team also came second earning silver medals for Corporal Henbury, Cadet Franklin, Cadet McLaren and Cadet Moore

Gold and some silver medal winners will be invited to take part in the Regional Competition and take on other Wings in September. Good Luck to all who have made it through!

Friday, 16 May 2014

Myton Hospice Walk - Sunday 18th May 2014 Drop Off Details

Parking will be at the social services car park, which is on the same road as the Myton Hospice in Warwick -  Myton Lane, Warwick CV34 6PX

The car park will be clearly signposted on the day and attended by our Myton Walk marshals. Miss Kelly and Mr Giles will be in that carpark waiting for you all at 0900hrs Sunday.  As advised on parade last night - clothing for the activity has been changed to Civillian walking clothes - not DPMs.  As there is no changing area available there is now no requirement to bring DPM Trousers and Boots.

Bring food, plenty of water, sun cream. The weather is forecast nice and sunny, so remember to prepare for this! 

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Wing Athletics Championships

Saturday 17 May 
Those selected on final parade on Wednesday's parade need to arrive between 0730-0745 hrs at the Sqn HQ ready to board the coach ready to run, jump and throw in the annual Wing Athletics Event.

Where: The championships will take place at Tudor Grange, Solihull. 

Times: First event will be approx 0945 and expected finish time will be 1700hrs. Return travel will be by coach in reverse order therefore estimated eta back at 84 Sqn will be 1800-1830hrs.

What to take: Sports Kit (changing rooms are available), Food, Drink, 3822 and plenty of suncream!!!! Its going to be hot so please be prepared. There is a small cafe and vending machines on site if you wish to take money. 
NO VALUABLES. 84 Sqn, Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing or the Coach company do not hold any responsibility for lost, stolen or damaged personal property.

Parents are more than welcome to go along to support but please remember the car-park is pay-and-display and there are plenty of wardens on patrol! 

Good luck to all those entering the events this year.

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Wing 5-a-Side Football Competition - Sunday 11 May

Congratulations to both teams from 84 Squadron who entered the Wing 5-a-Side Football Competiton. Standard was extremely high and unfortunately the Junior team fell at the first hurdle loosing in their opening match. 

The Seniors however showed what they were made of and got through to the Semi-Final!!! In a tense and hot battle for a place in the final, the team were beaten and came home tired but full of pride at getting almost to the top. Better luck next year guys!

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Walk for Myton 2014

On Sunday 18 May, cadets and staff from 84 Squadron will be taking part in the Walk for Myton event.

Covering 12 miles of the Warwickshire countryside, the team will take part in this annual sponsored walk raising much needed funds for the local Myton Hospices. The money raised will go towards supporting both families, carers and individuals with terminal illnesses based both in the several hospice centres and out in the community.

We need your support!
Please sponsor our cadets and staff or drop in to the squadron office to pledge your donations. Alternatively, why not be there at the finish line and give your support to the weary walkers as they come to the end of their achievements and celebrate with Myton Hospice in person!

Good Luck to all taking part!

Monday, 5 May 2014

Civilian Committee AGM

Sunday 27 April 2014 saw the first Annual General Meeting for the Civilian Committee. 

Parents were invited to attend and the committee presented the squadron finances, discussed fundraising opportunities and key roles were reelected under the supervision of Wing Chairman, Peter Seazell. From the parents who attended, 5 new members were signed up to join the committee. If you or anyone you know is interested in joining the committee, please come in to the Squadron for a brief discussion with the office about how you could get involved.

[AGM Meeting Minutes]

May Training Programme

See link below to the Training Programme for May.


Coming up this Month:
  • Sun 11 May : Wing 5-a-Side Football Competition. Both Junior and Senior teams will compete in the annual tournament at Stockland Green Leisure Centre, Birmingham. Teams and transport details will be finalised on Wednesday's parade. 
  • SATURDAY 17 May : Wing Athletics Championships at Tudor Grange, Solihull. Competing in a variety of track and field events, Cadets will run, jump and throw towards victory in the highlight of the annual sporting calendar.
  • Sunday 18 May : 84 Squadron are taking part in the Myton Hospice Charity Walk around Leamington and the surrounding area. Taking the longest route totaling 12 miles across the local countryside, cadets and staff are hoping to raise money to go towards helping the hospice fund vital treatments, care and support for those living with or affected by terminal illnesses.
  • 24 - 25 May: Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Award Expedition. Walking activity for 6hrs per day with an overnight camp to test and challenge cadets in the skills of navigation, teamwork and surviving the outdoors with only what they can carry on their backs!
  • 30 May - 01 Jun : Wing Junior Leadership & Development Course. This time round one cadet from 84 Squadron will attend this highly sought after weekend at RAF Cosford. Taking part in a multitude of different practical exercises alongside theoretical classroom work on leadership styles and how to put individual strengths into practice with the aim of developing a strong candidate for promotion to the NCO team back at the squadron.
Another Busy Month in the life of 84 Squadron!
June & July dates will out soon as there are lots more exciting events coming up!

Monday, 14 April 2014

Overseas Camp Details Have Landed!

Hot off the press! Details for the Gibraltar and Cyprus camps has arrived! Places are limited to only a handful per Wing so please consider your application carefully and check the dates before applying.

1. Gibraltar : 12 - 19 August 2014

Airfare & Insurance = £233
Expenses = £130
Day trip to Spain = 30Euro approx
PLUS personal spending money

2. RAF Akrotiri - Cyprus : 16-25 October 2014
***CHECK school holiday dates***

Airfare & Insurance = £356
Expenses = 200Euro
Spending Money = approx 100Euro

In order to be eligible for either of these two camps you MUST match the following criteria:
  • Be 15yrs old by the start of the camp
  • Have attended at least one UK camp previously
  • Be a Leading cadet by the time of the camp
  • Hold a FULL UK passport with 6 months validity at the end of the camp
  • Have a EU Health Card (can be easily applied for)
  • For Cyprus - be physically fit to work in high average daily temperatures

If you require financial assistance to help with the costs please submit a covering letter stating your request for support to the Wing Welfare Fund along with your application for the camp.

Further details, please see or email the Adjutant.

Friday, 28 March 2014

April Training Programme


Coming up this month:

  • The second of two Wing Initial Weapons Training Weekends: 4-6 April. 4 Cadets are attending and will come back qualified ready to move onto live marksmanship training later this year.
  • The NCO Drill & Development Weekend: 5-6 April. Selected candidates will practice their leadership skills in giving commands and drill manoeuvres.
  • EASTER STANDOWN: The Squadron will be closed for both staff and cadets on Easter Sunday, 20 April and also for cadets only on Wed 23 whilst there is a staff training session planned.
  • Civilian Committee AGM: Sun 27 April - an open invite to all parents to attend the annual meeting of the civilian committee. Details will be issued separately.

Monday, 24 March 2014

Winning Whittle Wonders

The Winning Whittle Wonders Team: 
Thomas Bradford (team manager), Harry Birch,
Cadets Thomas Govern and Ryan McLaren 
(Credit: http://www.f1inschools.co.uk/)
Two Cadets from 84 (Coventry Airport) Squadron have been chosen to represent the UK as part of the winning team in the Jaguar Land Rover Sponsored F1 Schools Programme. Now crowned the UK Champions 2014, the team will jet off to the World Finals in Abu Dhabi in November along with tickets to the F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone this year, a tour of the Williams Team Factory and much more!

Cadets Thomas Govern (aged 15) and Ryan McLaren (also aged 15) made up 50% of the winning team from North Leamington School. The team spent many months perfecting the design on the ultimate F1 car and putting it to the test on the 20 meter track also scooping the winning time of 1.128 seconds! Team Whittle Wonders worked diligently in their assigned roles and the work paid off with their winning design! Ryan McLaren took the role of Manufacturing Engineer whilst Thomas Govern lead the design elements and together the team perfected the build as well as creating a pit display, printed portfolio and then presenting their design to the panel of judges.

Jaguar Land Rover, who sponsor F1 in Schools as part of its ‘Inspiring Tomorrow’s Engineers’ school STEM education programme, have highly praised the local winners and look forward to continuing to support them as they finalise their designs for the world championships later in the year.

The Squadron is very proud of these two inspiring cadets and wish them all the best for the world finals in Abu Dhabi!

Sunday, 2 March 2014

March Training Programme

Things happening this month:
  • We welcome our new recruits into the Squadron and wish them all well as they begin their initial training including lessons on the history and structure of our organisation, the ranks and badges that are part of our uniform as well as practical elements of drill and saluting.

  • The Main Squadron will be running through some short drill sequences to assess the general standard across the unit and so that a drill team can be selected to take forward to the Wing Training Day in July.

  • Modelling and Media groups are also working hard towards the Training Day by preparing the required diorama and individual aircraft models and publishing media reports on our current events.
  • Wed 19 - Royal Aeronautical Engineering Society Lecture at Coventry University. This Month's talk is entitled "The Rolls-Royce 1000 Trent Powered Boeing 787 Dreamliner - In Service" presented by an executive at Rolls-Royce. Sign up on the Events Board.

  • The First Aid group are working hard toward completing their Youth First Aid Assessments scheduled for Sunday 23 Mar (normal parade hours). There will be an extra session on Sat 22 Mar 1400-1630 to allow extra practice of those all important rescue skills. 
  • Those selected for the IWT Weekend 14-16 March will receive further details for travel to DTE Nesscliffe in due course. The Kit list has been issued and emailed to all involved.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Sunday 23 Feb - Training Programme Details

Radio Course at 485 Squadron
The 10 selected cadets attending this course need to arrive at the Squadron at 0730hrs.
Uniform: No 2C (Working Blues)
Take with you: 3822, lunch & drink, notebook and pen

Bridge Building Exercise
Everyone else, not attending the radio course, will be at the squadron as normal.
Uniform: No 3 (DPMs)
Bring with you all or some of the following: newspapers, cardboard tubes, cereal/tissue boxes, sellotape, glue, card.
The more resources you can bring, the easier you will find the challenge!!!

Good Luck!

New Recruits
You will be starting your first lessons on the History of the Air Training Corps 
Uniform: Coveralls

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Calling All 13- to 17-Year-Olds

Interested in joining a fun, dynamic organisation focused on providing training in aviation subjects, gaining nationally recognised qualifications such as BTEC and DofE awards along with becoming part of a well-established military establishment?

If the answer is 'Yes', then come and join the Royal Air Force Air Cadets.

We are starting our next intake on Sunday 16 February (1000-1230hrs) at Coventry Aiport. Come along and start your adventure, OR contact us for more information.


Due to the current weather situation and the forecast for tonight (gale force winds 50mph+ and torrential rain) we have decided to cancel the parade on Wed 12 Feb. Please DO NOT travel.

Details for the weekend events will be emailed out later once we have further confirmation.

Routine Parade on Sun 16 Feb will go ahead.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Easter Camp CANCELLED!

Unfortunately due to operational commitments RAF Manston can not support our camp planned for Easter therefore the week has been cancelled.

Summer weeks have not yet been allocated so please submit a request into the office to pick up any unfilled slots.

Sunday, 26 January 2014

February Training Programme


Coming up this month:
  • ATC Sunday - 02 February: Celebrating the anniversary of the formation of the Air Training Corps with a Wing parade in Daventry. Normal Sunday parade will finish at 1200hrs to allow time for those selected to attend the afternoon parade (travel details to be advised)
  • Wing Cross-Country - Sun 09 February: Run (or walk) through the mile long course at Tudor Grange, Solihull to compete for a place in the Regional Competition. Travel will be arranged (possibly by coach) but expect an 0800 meet at SHQ
  • Greens Exercise - Wed 12 Feb: Lead by our resident Green's expert, Civilian Instructor Mike Walton, this evening of activities is aimed at teaching cadets tactical night movements, roles and responsibilities of night patrols as well as the art of camouflage and concealment for night time cover.
  • Junior Leadership and Development Course - 14-16 February: Selected Cadets have been nominated for this excellent weekend to learn skills involved in leadership and management of fellow cadets with a view to possible promotions within the squadron. Selected cadets will be given further details in due course. 
  • Live Marksmanship Training  - Sat 15 Feb: Qualified cadets can get the opportunity to improve their marksmanship skills with a day on the range. 
  • Gliding Induction Course - Sun 16 Feb: three lucky cadets will get the chance to fly up up and away in the Vigilant Glider from RAF Little Rissington and complete their first Gliding Induction Lesson. Those who wish to progress further with gliding can do so by applying for a Gliding Scholarship (once aged 16yrs +)
  • New Intake Starts - Sun 16 Feb: Following on from the Open Evening planned for Wed 29 Jan (See post below) the next intake will begin on Sun 16 Feb (1000-1230). If you are aged between 13-17yrs old and interested in the Royal Air Force or other military services, Aviation industry or simply enjoy the challenge of getting involved in a wide range of extra-curricular activities along with the chance of gaining valuable qualifications, please get in contact or come along to our Open Evening (Wed 29 Jan) to find out more.
  • Royal Aeronautical Society Meggitt Presentation - Thursday 20 Feb: Following our attendance at the monthly lectures in 2013, cadets and staff have been invited to attend 'The Meggitt Presentation' at The Holiday Inn, Ryton on Dunsmore. The presentation will be about the use of modern technology and materials on engines and aircraft using state of the art methods of manufacture. A FREE hot buffet is provided after the talk. Cadets need to sign up on the noticeboard in the squadron if interested in attending
So, another busy month to keep us going!