Of course when you drop below 50% of your previous capacity quantity will suffer, but nowhere in the recruitment literature is this mentioned.
Maybe it should say “expect to get a session in gliders once in two years and similarly powered aircraft, but in the meantime you can do this and this and this, if you have access to staff qualified to do it.”
Less than £96 will get you a 30 minute flight, in our neck of the woods.
It is sad that because some people took their eye off the ball, so that we are now where we are now, with squadrons (and it is squadrons) making things up to keep cadets interested, with zero assistance in terms of finance and equipment from HQAC. We have spent several thousand over the last couple of years buying a flight sim get up and subsidising cadets to do other things, both of these I know will be ongoing costs, especially the sim as the things break/go wrong and hardware / software age. The OC has been suggesting we should try and help the CWC more, as they can’t get grants for ‘running costs’. I know this from my time as OC and you can’t always go for money for the same things all the time.
This organisation is becoming a shadow of what it was and no one at the top seems to have the gumption to do anything about it.