QAIC 6 Passed!
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By 473 Sqn Website - 473 (Hartlepool) Squadron
CWO Alex May has finished QAIC 6!
QAIC is the Qualified Aerospace Instructors Course, and is one of the most lucrative courses within the ATC. The idea of this course is to produce Qualified Aerospace Instructors (QAI’s) who are capable of running the Regional Activities Centres (RAC’s) around the country to ensure that all cadets have as much aerospace knowledge as possible. The course consists of many units, all taught at a high level, due to the amount of knowledge required to run a RAC. The course modules include: Air Traffic Control, Flight Training, Air Navigation, Leadership and Teamwork, Pilot Studies, Aerodynamics and many more. This is a very hard course to get on, with only 40 new QAI’s every year, 20 at each centre. This course had Alex at RAF Linton-On-Ouse one weekend a month from September to April, and then Graduation week April.
CWO May is now a QAI and can wear the Blue Lanyard on his uniform to signify this. His first event will be at RAF Syerston for the unveiling of the new Glider simulators being donated by the RAF Charitable trust to aid with cadet glider training. CWO May will be there with three other QAI’s and tasked with running the Air Cadet Engagement (ACE) Platform. This is a trainer containing flight simulator to give prospective cadets the change to experience flying and hopefully give them the same passion for aviation that most air cadets have.
CWO May is going back to be an ATC instructor on future QAIC’s.
“This will be very rewarding for myself as I can remember how helpful it was to have previous QAI’s on the course. They were able to answer any questions we had and made sure that we were enjoying the course.” CWO May said.
Currently, CWO May is on the lookout for a free weekend at the RAC where he can take many cadets from the squadron and let them experience the various activities available within the RAC.
For more information please visit the Squadron website