Air Cadets Bartek Hora, Tamsin Hayne and Harry Dodd from 1182 (Shepton Mallet) Squa

dron have recently returned from a weekend of ground training and gliding with 621 and 632 Volunteer Gliding Squadrons at RAF Little Rissington in Gloucestershire.

The training and gliding experience the air cadets completed has now qualified them to wear the Air Cadets Blue Wings Badge which is part of the air cadets’ progressive gliding and flying training syllabus.

The Blue Wings gliding training is a residential course and can be taken either over successive weekends until completed, or as a continuous week-long course (usually in the summer). Course times can vary due to the weather and students’ progress so motivation and commitment are key.

Cadets are taught how to use the flight controls and are familiarised with the instruments within the glider using state of the art simulators at the gliding school. Simulator training can now be carried out prior to the cadets getting airborne for real.

Should cadets show the necessary aptitude they could be invited to progress to solo standard and achieve the silver GS wings for flying solo!

Instruction is provided for the cadets by fully qualified glider pilots at the volunteer gliding school, many of the instructors are ex air cadets themselves.

Well done to the cadets who have achieved their Blue Wings and good luck with the next stage of glider training..

Further information on becoming a cadet or adult volunteer can be found by visiting or calling 0345 6006601.