Air Cadet gliding takes place at Volunteer Gliding Squadrons (VGS) located throughout the country which are staffed by RAFAC officers, Civilian Instructors and cadets. Gliding Squadrons operate one the winch-launched Viking glider. Gliding offers a much more “hands on” experience for cadets as the syllabus reinforces the theoretical knowledge taught on squadrons. Opportunities available to cadets are listed below.
At 16 years of age cadets can apply for a gliding scholarship which provides gliding instruction of 8 hours or 40 launches to achieve their ‘blue’ wings. Cadets who demonstrate an aptitude for gliding are allowed a further 20% in order to achieve solo standard and gain their ‘silver’ wings. Some cadets will be selected to attend the VGS as Flight Staff Cadets and undergo further training ultimately gaining their ‘gold’ wings signifying that they have completed their AGT. For a few there will be the opportunity to train as instructors.
To be eligible for a Gliding Scholarship cadets should:
- Be aged 16 years or above.
- Have the parents consent to fly and undergo glider pilot training signed in their 3822 Record of Service book.
- Have a completed Form RAF Medical Form 6424, which is free from prohibitive medical conditions, retained by the Wing Gliding Liaison Officer.
- Be highly motivated to attend the VGS each week until the course is complete, regardless of weather conditions.
- No temporary or permanent medical condition that would make flying unsafe for the cadet or instructor.