84 Sqn ATC Crest

Monday, 30 June 2014

July Training Programme

See below links for the July Programme.
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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.