84 Sqn ATC Crest

Monday, 27 February 2017

March Training Programme

Please find below links for the March Training Programme.

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This Month we'll mostly be working towards finishing off the current block of lessons so cadets can qualify for their next classifications. There's also lots of Wing Training Day preparation time ready for the end of April.


There will also be a fundraising event towards the end of the month - more information coming soon!

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Double DofE Awards

On Sunday 19th February two more cadets were presented with their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's (DofE) Award on final parade by Officer Commanding Flight Lieutenant Rosie Robinson RAFVR(T).

Cadet Sergeant Dylan Chauhan and Cadet Oliver Broughton have worked hard over the last year to qualify for their Bronze award which consisted of volunteering, physical, skills and expedition elements. All their work was documented on the online DofE portal and once completed they received a certificate of achievement, cloth badge for their uniform as well as a small pin badge. The two are already working towards their Silver award and planning their first walking expedition for the Easter Holidays.

Congratulations to both recipients, very well deserved. A special mention also goes out to Miss Sarah Kelly who volunteers her time at 84 Squadron to skilfully run the DofE programme and encourages high numbers of cadets to pass their awards each year.

Kings of Cross Country

On Sunday 19th February, four cadets from 84 (Coventry Airport) Squadron took part in the Wing Cross Country Championships in Sutton Coldfield.

The four who nominated themselves to take part were taken to a very muddy school field in Sutton Coldfield to join with cadets from across Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing to compete in the Annual outdoor championships. Competition was high and the cadets did their best crossing the finish line with respectful placings. Cadet Richard Rose was the first of the 84 team to reach the end of the gruelling course shortly followed by Cadets Jack Dhaliwal, George Wickes and Joseph Wibabala.

After the race, they recovered and caught their breath before returning back to Coventry exhausted and a little but muddy! A great effort and the first time for several years that 84 Squadron has been represented at this event so well done to all for taking part. 

For more photographs, check out the 84 Squadron Facebook Page.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

A Double Visit to RAF Cosford

On Saturday 4th February, five cadets from 84 (Coventry Airport) Squadron visited RAF Cosford to visit the fantastic air museum and two lucky candidates were taken up in the air as part of the Air Experience Flying Programme.

The five lucky cadets were selected from the whole Squadron as they were all first-time flyers. Unfortunately with a reduction in the allocation of spaces mid-week, the cadets chose to continue with their planned trip and visit the RAF Cosford Air Museum instead. The museum has several vast indoor halls of exhibits as well as many outdoor displays of aircraft, engines and historical aviation related items. Cadet Casey Childs keenly spotted the history of 84 Squadron and brought back a photo to share.

Whilst the museum group were busy looking at historic aircraft, Cadets Logan Greenway and Richard Rose were engaged with a detailed briefing ready for their first flights in the Grob Tutor. They were both kitted up in flying suit, helmets and gloves before being escorted across the apron to the awaiting aircraft. Once up in the air in their respective aircraft, each experienced their first lesson in flying from the highly qualified instructor pilots before going through some aerobatic manoeuvres. Both really enjoyed their flights and came back to the ground with big smiles on their faces.

Photographs are taken by Civilian Instructor Andy Greenway. Check out the Squadron Facebook page for all the photographs.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Celebrating Another Successful Year of 84 Squadron


On Friday 20th January the Cadets, Staff and invited guests joined together at the Newbold Comyn Arms to celebrate the successes of 2016 at the Annual Awards Evening and Dining-In Night.

This annual event is the highlight of the Squadron's social calendar each year and cadets look forward to finding out who has received the top trophy awards for the year just gone and to see if there were any resulting promotions! The meal is also part of their cadet experience as it is run in similar fashion to a traditional military dinner. The cadets are expected to wear evening dress and the youngest cadet is nominated as Mr Vice to lead the Loyal Toast to The Queen.

The Guest of Honour this year was Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) Paul Foutaine who was an ex-84 Squadron member and son of the Squadron Chairman. His key message during his speech was for all the cadets to value the special membership in the 84 Squadron 'club' and the Air Training Corps as a whole. He spoke fondly of his time with the unit and his subsequent career in the Army which no doubt had been influenced by his time in the ATC.

After the speeches the main awards ceremony began with trophies for Academic Excellence, Aviation and the well-coveted Best Cadet award to name just a few. There were also presentations of promotion to Cadet Sergeant Dylan Chauhan and Cadet Corporal Jack Johnson.

In the days following the event the Squadron received a letter from Lt Col P Foutaine thanking them for the invitation saying "All the team clearly feel part of the special club that is 84....it was wonderful watching all the surprised faces on this year's winners - some very happy young people".

All the cadets are to be celebrated and commended on their achievements. As such, they all received a gift from the Squadron of personalised dog-tags to celebrate their involvement during the Corps' 75th Anniversary year.

For all the photos, please see the 84 Squadron Facebook page.

Written by Flight Lieutenant Rosie Robinson RAFVR(T), Officer Commanding.

Air Cadet Sunday Celebrations

Sunday 5th February 2017 is the official anniversary of the formation of the Air Training Corps, some 76 years ago in 1941. Cadets and Staff from 84 (Coventry Airport) Squadron and 163 (Coventry Phoenix) Squadron came together to celebrate with a church service at St Oswalds in Tile Hill, Coventry.
The morning service was lead by Deputy Wing Chaplain and 163's Padre, Father Nick Leggett who incorporated an Air Cadet element into the normal Sunday worship. The Cadets and Staff from both squadrons were warmly welcomed throughout and some even had an active part in the service delivering the Readings, leading the congregational prayers or assisting at the altar. At the end of the service all ATC personnel were requested to be upstanding to reaffirm their promise to the organisation. It was a very special and moving moment to see so many cadets together in one place reciting their promise.
After the service there was opportunity for photographs of both units joined together before retiring to the church hall for refreshments.
Flight Lieutenant Rosie Robinson, Officer Commanding of 84 Squadron
said afterwards "the cadets really did me, the unit and the Corps proud. Joining forces with 163 Squadron has been really good to strengthen the links with our neighbours. We've received some lovely comments on how smart the cadets looked from members of the congregation which just proves to me how valued and respected these young individuals are."

Check out all the photographs on the 84 Squadron Facebook page.
Written by Flight Lieutenant Rosie Robinson, Officer Commanding

Thursday, 2 February 2017

February Open Morning

On Sunday 12 February, 84 (Coventry Airport) will open the doors for any interested new recruits to come have a look around and find out what we get up to.

If you are aged between 12yrs (you must be in yr 8 at school) and 17yrs this is the time to join the Royal Air Force Air Cadets.

Our next intake will start the following week on Sun 19th February. 

Open Evening starts at 1000hrs and will finish approx 1200hrs. Check out the Contact Us page for directions. You will be directed where to park when you arrive.
Please bring with a parent / guardian with you.

If you've been before and want to start in the intake this February we should already have your details and you'll receive an email soon to confirm your place.

If you don't quite meet the age range, please do come along as we hold regular intakes throughout the year so we can keep your details on file for when you get to the right age.