Qualified Aerospace Instructor

The Qualified Aerospace Instructors Course (QAIC) aims to deliver an exciting programme of aerospace related activities for senior cadets. The course will take place over a series of weekends from September to March each year, culminating in a week long graduation camp.  All of these weekends will be based at the Regional Activity Centres at RAF Linton-on-Ouse or MoD Boscombe Down.

Cadets who successfully complete QAIC will be designated as Qualified Aerospace Instructors (QAI’s) and be presented with the coveted QAI badge and blue lanyard. Additionally on successful completion of workbooks, students will be awarded a Level 2 ILM Certificate in Team Working. 

These cadets will be qualified to run and instruct in the Regional Activity Centre and on the Air Cadet Community Engagement Platforms. They will have experience in creating and delivering interactive presentations on a wide-array of aerospace and air power related subjects for use on Squadrons and Wings.


Training is delivered over a series of weekend sessions based at the activity centres. QAIC Students will be accommodated in the centre itself and messing will be provided by the Junior Ranks Mess. These training weekends will cover all of the required syllabus for the course. It will be stimulating, demanding and delivered by qualified specialists in a number of fields. Students will be expected to carry out additional work away from the course. The subjects covered during the course include:

  • Air Traffic Control
  • Practical Flight & Navigation Training
  • Air Power
  • Aerodynamics
  • Instructional Techniques
  • Radio Communications
  • Leadership & Teamwork
  • Pilot Studies

Graduation Camp 

Graduation camp is the culmination of the training delivered over the training weekends. Students will be assessed on the full range of subjects as well as delivering syndicate presentations on an aerospace related subject. They will also visit a number of RAF stations and aerospace industry sites to gain up to date knowledge on the latest developments of the RAF and industry. A course graduation dinner will take place in RAF Linton-on-Ouse’s Officers Mess and will be a stylish culmination to a demanding course!