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Making plans for 2011

Welcome to 2011, hope you all had a good break over Christmas.

We have been busy making plans for all our activities during 2011, including camps, wing events and courses as well as squadron activities. We have noted some on our Forthcoming events planner which you can find at the foot of our Calendar page. As I’m sure you have all experienced – best made plans can change at a moments notice so please keep visiting the Calendar page regularly for any updates throughout the year.

A note to all Cadets and parents, the notice board in the hall has all the latest event information and it is encouraged to get your name on the application list for as many as you can. There are a limited number of spaces at our wing organised events, and although we try and give priority to those who haven’t been before it is advised to get your name forward as soon as possible.

Don’t forget if any of you would like to suggest an activity you can and if any parents would like to get involved in 2011, please get in touch.

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RAF Shawbury Summer Camp 2010

This years annual summer camp was held at RAF Shawbury. During the camp we did a range of amazing activities including shooting, flying the Grob Tutor, having a ride in a Squirrel helicopter and visits to various places around the camp. Everyone really enjoyed it and it was a fantastic opportunity to visit a working RAF station. More photos are available on our Facebook page.

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Stansted Air Traffic Control Tower visit

On Saturday Cadets and Staff visited Stansted ATC Tower, which is run by National Air Traffic Services (NATS). Stansted has one of the UK’s tallest control towers at over 200 foot!!  Cadets had a tour of the tower and equipment used, as well as the procedures and skills involved in keeping Stansted operating. If you are interested in a career as an Air Traffic Controller, there are some game challenges to try on the NATs website, click here.

View a 180º Panorama looking north over the runway from the Control Room – For the full size image [4Mb], click here.

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Gliding Scholarship

Cadet Cpl Home has obtained a place on a Gliding Scholarship Course at 614 Volunteer Gliding School, Wethersfield.  He will undertake theory and practical lessons at the airfield to achieve his Gliding Wings. Flying a solo circuit will complete his training towards the end of the course. Good luck from all the Staff and Cadets – we shall cross our fingers for decent weather next week!

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Getting a glider ready for the road

The Tendring Show this year was extremely warm and sunny, despite this the cadets worked hard organizing rubbish disposal and litter picking long after the crowds had left. During the show 1334 Manningtree’s stand had many visitors, from past cadets to many interested in becoming a member of the Air Cadets. Thanks to 614 VGS for giving many young people an insight into flying in the ATC. 614’s Viking Glider on display gave a big boost to public interest at the show.

It was a good weekend, with BBQ’s and the occasional water fight at camp in the evenings. The Cadets even had the opportunity to take apart the 614 Squadron’s Viking Glider and pack it away into its trailer at the end of the show. Thanks also to all the Cadets and Staff for their help, you have helped to raise much needed funds for the Squadron’s year ahead.

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Powered Flying


On Saturday 14th March Cadets; Home, Bettle, Harvey-Smith and Osborn went to RAF Wyton and completed their flying AEF instructed by ex- RAF pilots. We all had a safety flying brief before completing some basic flying manoeuvres, then continuing on to some aerobatics. The planes we used were the Grob Tutor.

Unfortunately Cadet Holmes was sick during his flight but everybody thoroughly enjoyed the experience. C.I. Castle also had a flight in the Tutor towards the end of the day which was his first flight since he was a cadet in the late 60’s.

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New project – ‘Dambusters!’


Cadets have begun a new project to commemorate WWII 617 Squadron, RAF, “The Dambusters”. Cadets have divided into teams to design and build a working model of a Dam and Lancaster Bomber complete with bomb and bomb release mechanism. The eventual aim is to use as part of the Squadron’s fund raising at local event during the summer, keep an eye on our Noticeboard for dates.