Air Experience Flights
All Air Cadets are given the opportunity to fly in the Tutor aircraft. Flying takes place at one of 12 Air Experience Flights (AEFs) and for Eastleigh cadets this is at No 2 AEF at MOD Boscombe Down. Once at the AEF cadets are shown how the aircraft flies and are given the opportunity to control the aeroplane and may even experience aerobatics!
Air Cadet Pilot Scheme
The Air Cadet Pilot Scheme provides the pinnacle of flying experience for selected cadets to pursue a career in aviation. With three types of course, cadets can be selected to take part in one of the following:
Air Cadet Microlight Course - 10 hours flying training up to first solo in a microlight aircraft at an RAF Microlight Club.
Air Cadet Light Aircraft Course - which involves 12 hours flying training up to first solo in a light aircraft conducted at a civilian flying school.
Air Cadet Experience Flight Course - 10 hours flying training at an RAF AEF. All aspects of applied Service flying are covered, including advanced handling and aerobatics.
Apart from the AEF aircraft, many Air Cadets also get the opportunity to fly in a variety of other RAF aircraft. Some lucky individuals have even been a passenger in a 'fast jet', this is often as a prize for the best cadet on summer camp - now if that isn't a good enough reason to keep your shoes polished we don't know what is!