1 flight per cadet per annum.
As stated in a previous versions of ACTO 031, by CAC and in the 2012 flying and gliding study (made available via FOI request which was shared to ACC)
(see para 11.a)
I am not expecting for anything the RAF haven’t already stated they would provide in the past.
One or other - yes
which I accept, but the provision should be available. Not every Cadet goes shooting…
If someone wants to go flying once a year they should be able to do so. If they don’t it allows someone else to have a go sooner or perhaps get a second flight.
I am unsure what the alternatives are you speak of
I am not suggesting Cadets should be paying for flying, they don’t for anything else other than camps. It should be part of the experience
I am not expecting anyone to pay for flying or gliding,
the point i was trying to raise with the redletterday and Groupon options is you could take the same £96 paid on annual subscription to the Cadets and put it towards flying.
Depending on the location and type of flying you are after you’d be better off not being a Cadet and spending £100 on private experiences than sticking with the Cadets for flying/gliding that doesn’t materialise.
Yes there is more to the Cadets than flying, i readily accept that, and that ~£100/year is good value for money given what other experiences are available in addition to (not instead of) Flying.
but if lets say someone aged 13-14 saw the literature which shows flying is available and joined up to do just that…only to find after the first year they haven’t had chance, and after the second they got a place but missed out because of a lack of pilots or a/c.
two years in ~£200 spent and no flying.
while they could have gone out with that £200 and had a fantastic flying experience.
that is exactly what I told a work colleague to do. During the “pause” he approached me knowing what i do and asked on behalf of his son who was interested in going gliding - he, quite rightly, saw the Air Cadets as a straightforward route into it.
I told him he was better off going down the private route. and he did and his son loves it, got his licences and entered competitions the lot.
Had he joined the Cadets on the basis of the flying, he’d be left sorely disappointed and I doubt would have
this is it.
All the recruitment materials have Cadets in flying suits and helmets, in a aircraft…or perhaps a shot of a parade, maybe a classroom shot learning about aircraft you don’t see Cadets in No3s with rifles, or out in the field on exercise, nor on DofE Expedition…
“we” (the organisation) by recruitment material, PR and by the nature of our very name and Sponsor has an implied “flying” capability yet we don’t in reality have that - but what we do isn’t seen