Welcome to Air Cadets North
the website for North Region, Air Training Corps
The Region covers most of Northern England in a line from
the Mersey in the west, to the Humber in the east and north to the Scottish
boarders. There are over 6000 Air Cadets in North Region, located at one of
our 167 Squadrons. This means that where ever you are in the Region, there
is usually an Air Cadet unit near you.
What Do Air Cadets Do?
name it, there is a good chance there is an Air Cadet somewhere doing it!
Air Cadets is a voluntary, youth organization supported by the Royal Air Force.
It is open to anyone aged 13 to 17. It is considered one of the country's
premier youth organisations and the world's largest youth air training
Air Cadets provides a stimulating, exciting and varied program
which ensures that all cadets achieve their full potential. This may come
in many different ways including academics, sport, flying, gliding, skiing,
adventure training, leadership training and in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award.
Most Squadrons will meet twice a week during which cadets are
able to take part in many activities, as well as planning for additional ones.
There are also numerous weekend events and activities, provided by the
Additional activities are organised by Wings, North Region and
the Corps. These can take place at RAF Stations, Army Training Estates and
even abroad and can last a lot longer than just a weekend. Your
local Squadron is always looking for new people to join, be it as a cadet,
volunteer staff or as a member of a Squadrons Civilian Committee.
Why not see where your nearest North Region Squadron is and
see how you could get involved?
News from North Region
The theme of the 2013 modelling competition for North Region is “Bi-Planes”. The judges feel that with the standard in recent years being so high they need to test the abilities and skills of the modellers within North Region.
Cadets, parents and staff from 1855 (Royton) Squadron gathered in their smartest attire on Friday 8th March for the Squadron’s annual presentation evening. The evening kicked off at 7.00 with the cadets receiving individual presentations of their achievements throughout the year - Marksman awards, flying scholarships, exams they had passed etc. Our two newest recruits (Cdt. Jennifer Cummings and Cdt. Amber Boulton) where officially enrolled into the Squadron and cadets and staff were asked to reinitiate their cadet promise.
The fifth Qualified Aerospace Instructors Course (QAIC 5) graduated at RAF Linton-on-Ouse recently and saw another 37 students from across all six regions of the Air Cadets gain their certificates and patches. With cadets from all across the UK attending, six months of hard work came to an end with a series of syndicate presentations and a glittering graduation dinner held in the officers’ mess.
Recently, Gliding instructor Jordan Cameron passed Officer and Aircrew Selection at RAF Cranwell and was commissioned into the RAFVR(T). More recently on the 19th February, he attended RAF Cranwell once more for his Officer Initial Course where he also received his Commissioning Scroll from Chief Of Staff, Group Captain Lawlor.
Last weekend 370 was involved in a wing shooting event where cadets were able to take their weapons handling test, qualifying them to shoot the No. 8 .22 caliber training rifle. Flt Sgt Smedley, Sgt Recknell, Cdt Fearn and Cdt Pledger all passed, along with myself since my qualification needed to be renewed.
During his visit to 162 (Stockport) Squadron, as part of the Lees Trophy Inspections in 2013, Group Captain Middleton, Regional Commandant (North), kindly agreed to an interview with our Media Team
In March 2013, Wetherby Air Cadets dismantled a Typhoon Fighter Jet.
Sadly, the RAF would not lend us a real one so they improvised.
Six Air Cadets from Shipley and Baildon Air Cadets have become the first group in the squadron to achieve a nationally recognised Entry Level Qualification in Workplace Hazard Awareness. The Award Course is run by the Air Cadet Organisation and validated by the British Safety Council.
As of 28th March 2013, our very own Sgt J Smith passed out of the Qualified Aerospace Instructors Course! It brought together a culmination of more than 7 months of tough weekend lectures and presentations. Here's what he had to say about his Graduation week:
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