Gliding and Flying

One of the main aims of the ACO, is to get Cadets up in the air as often as possible, whether that be as a passenger/co-pilot of an AEF Grob Tutor 115E, or on board a Chinook helicopter. This is arguably one of the main reasons Cadets join up. There are three main aircraft that you could be using during your time in the Cadets:

  • Grob G 115E T1 - Tutor

  • Grob G 109B T1 - Viking

  • Grob G 103A T1 - Vigilant

Grob G 115E T1 - Tutor

The Grob G 115E T1, more commonly known as the Tutor, is the aircraft of choice for 14 UAS's and 12 AEF's around the country; providing Cadets with the opportunity to fly with RAF pilots at 3,000ft! These pilots give up their time, to impart their knowledge and enthusiasm on the younger generation. Every Cadet will, hopefully, get the opportunity to have a flight each year, depending on weather conditions, aircraft availability, pilot availability and Cadet numbers.

Grob G 103A T1 - Viking

The Grob G 103A T1, more commonly known as the Viking, is the aircraft of choice for 10 VGS' around the country, including the CGS; it is a high-performance, modern glider that, along with its large canopy, provides Cadets with a fantastic gliding experience. To fly a glider with the ACO, you must get onto one of the following courses:

  • Gliding Induction Course

  • Gliding Scholarship Course

  • Advanced Gliding Scholarship Course

Grob G 109B T1 - Vigilant

​The Grob G 109B T1, more commonly known as the Vigilant, is the aircraft of choice for 17 VGS' around the country, including the CGS; it is a high-performance motor glider, that gives Cadets the chance practice basic flying techniques for gliders (as the Vigilant is basically a motor-glider), so they might be able to go solo. Although its engine isn't powerful enough for rapid climbing, it allows the aircraft to take off under its 'own steam', rather than using a winch.

2065 Biggleswade Squadron | Off Shortmead Street, Biggleswade, SG18 0BB

 2065@aircadets.org | Tel: 07701 307952

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