Back in September, Cadet Flight Sergeant Godfrey was successful in his application to the Air Cadet Pilot Scheme. This is a huge achievement in his personal cadet development and is something he has been ambitious to do from a young age.
The ACPS is based at Tayside Aviation, Dundee. Tayside Aviation operates over 15 aircraft at two sites at Dundee & Fife. It is also the largest light aircraft training organisation in Scotland. Tayside offers both private and commercial pilot training. It is the sole contractor to the Royal Air Force Air Cadet organisation.
Cadet Flight Sergeant Godfrey has been provided with a Light Aircraft Flying Scholarship to achieve solo standard. He flew in the Aquilla A211.
Once solo standard has been reached, cadets receive their gold RAFAC wings (something which no one currently possesses at 1082 Squadron.)
During his two week course, Cadet Flight Sergeant Godfrey stayed at the 4* Double Tree Hilton Hotel Dundee.
The ACPS is open to anyone in the Royal Air Force Air Cadets who are over the age of 16 with a grade 4/5 in English Language & Mathematics and a keen interest in aviation, however there are only 186 places available to Air Cadets per year.
Congratulations to Flight Sergeant Godfrey for completing this scheme with flying colours!
2019 was a year of many great achievements for the cadets and staff of 1082 squadron. Here’s a run down (in pictures!)
Cadet Warren Officer Doody had the pleasure of meeting The Princess Royal during her visit to Riply as part of her Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet duty. The Princess visited the Derbyshire Carers Association Charity Headquarters to celebrate the charities 30th anniversary.
Also in January, Sergeant Taylor organised for the Raf Careers Office (Nottingham/Derby) to pay us a visit! The corporal explained different routes available to take when considering a career in the raf, answered frequently asked questions as well as giving cadets an insight into life during basic training.
Sergeant Taylor took three cadets to Trent wings junior netball trials and junior rugby trials.
Later that month, two cadets attended the 75th Anniversary Ceremony for a World War Two American B-17 Bomber crash in Sheffield, Endcliff Park. BBC Breakfast were broadcasting live at the park to an audience of millions.
CWO Doody attended the National Choir Camp and was part of the first string ensemble in the RAFAC! She was awarded her Gold Music badge by Air Commadore McCafferty!
A little closer to home, we held our annual ‘masterchef’ night. This involves cadets cooking a meal in mess tins in order to prepare for Duke of Edinburgh expeditions. The staff then try the meals made (at their own risk…)
3 Cadets were awarded their blue Duke of Edinburgh badges.
We also had many interesting parade nights…
Sector 1 had a field trip to the Royal Arboretum in Burton-on-Trent and the Raf Museum at Raf Cosford.
The squadron attended the 1940s weekend at Poolesbrook Country Park in Staveley. The Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield were delighted to take a photo with us!
At Trent wing athletics, 4 cadets achieved medals!
CWO Doody was promoted following her interview at Cranwell.
She was also invited to see the Trooping of the Colour at Buckingham Palace as part of her Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet duty.
Trent Wing Field Day took place this month, we participated in the Drill Competition, the Banner Drill Competition & Cross Country.
On the last day of July, the summer Promotions and Hawk flights passing out parade took place.
To kick this month off, Flight Sergeant Godfrey was awarded his master cadet badge after completing his exams!
Then, 4 cadets attended the Adult First aid course at Raf Cranwell and were awarded their Silver AFA badges!
Next up, the summer camps began! Firstly, Raf Wittering camp.
Then, National Aerospace Camp & Beckingham
Flight Lieutenant Fowler was presented with his Cadet Forces Medal on final parade at Beckingham. The medal is in recognition for his 12 years of uniformed service.
This month we said goodbye to CWO Doody, who left for university.
Sergeant Taylor held the entry level award course for health and safety in the workplace this month…
The Raf Halton camp also took place. We sent along two cadets.
This month was a very busy time for 1082 squadron. We were poppy selling at a local sainsbury’s as well as practicing our drill for Remembrance parade.
Now that the year is coming to a close, we spent this month decorating the squadron appropriately (tinsel everywhere!) and practicing for our Hawk flights enrollment ceremony with the Padre. During this night, three cadets were promoted to the rank of Corporal.
So, that’s it from start to finish. 1082 participated in multiple events this year. However not everything is in this article because there’s too much to list!
From everyone here at 1082, have a very Happy New Year!