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2018 Cadet Naval Aviation Courses end with eight students receiving Gold Wings

PUBLISHED: 10:38 05 October 2018

Cadet Naval Aviation Courses  (c) CPO Carl Mason

Cadet Naval Aviation Courses (c) CPO Carl Mason


This year’s Cadet Naval Aviation Courses ended with the final eight students attending RNAS Yeovilton and 727 Naval Air Squadron for the Advanced Flying Course and a chance to gain their Gold Wings

Squadron CO Lt Cdr Jez French pulled out all the stops to ensure the cadets had an enjoyable and productive week while Operations Officer Lt Jon Duke organised the busy flying programme using the squadrons Grob Tutors.

AB Finlay and Lt Cdr Tim Taylor (c) CPO Carl MasonAB Finlay and Lt Cdr Tim Taylor (c) CPO Carl Mason

The intense week saw the cadets combining both advanced theory lessons with flying instruction in the air with a number of grading pilots. They were able to share their wealth of knowledge and experience with the cadets during the week.

Gold Wings Course 2018 (c) CPO Carl MasonGold Wings Course 2018 (c) CPO Carl Mason

The cadets were also able to try out the latest virtual reality flight simulation courtesy of DCS World by Eagle Dynamics who specialise in digital combat simulation.

Cadet Naval Aviation Courses  (c) CPO Carl MasonCadet Naval Aviation Courses (c) CPO Carl Mason

Head of Naval Aviation Rear Admiral Keith Blount RN called in on the final day to meet the course and have an informal chat with the cadets before joining them for a group photograph with one of the Grob Tutor aircraft they had flown during the five day course.

Cadet Naval Aviation Courses  (c) CPO Carl MasonCadet Naval Aviation Courses (c) CPO Carl Mason

After a final exam and reports from their 727 Squadrons pilots the cadets were pleased to be told that they had all passed the course.

Head of Sea Cadet Aviation, Lt Marc Pether RNR, presented their Gold Wings and was pleased to invite back the top students, L/Cpl Imogen (CCF) and Leading Cadet Ciara (SCC) as Cadet Instructors for next years flying programme.

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