Monthly Archives: July 2013

Vanessa Murdoch talks about Flight Safety

Safety is a top priority of all activities which cadets take part in and their staffs are always making sure that cadets understand the risks and safety elements of what they are taking part in. 2267 (Brize Norton) Squadron welcomed AirTanker Services, Vanessa Murdoch to talk about Flight Safety within the Voyager programme at RAF Brize Norton on Thursday, 25th July. In her role as ‘FDM (Flight Deck Monitoring) and Investigation Officer’ Vanessa ensures that the company is learning constantly to ensure safety of the aircraft, crew and staff on the ground is monitored. She also explained the importance of learning from every event and how not jumping to conclusions and looking at every possible angle of an event ensures best practice. Continue reading

Brize Norton Sqn Opens New Indoor Range

On Thursday, 18th July 2267 (Brize Norton) Squadron played host to its Honorary President Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Jon Lamonte (RAF Ret’d) to open its indoor Air Rifle range to add further to the cadet experience at Brize Norton Squadron. The evening started with OC 2267 Flt Lt Colin Burrell escorting AVM Lamonte to the range to be shown how its works within the squadron buildings and the process undertaken by the staff from planning stage to opening. After a demonstration by the squadron cadets AVM Lamonte took his turn at showing the cadets his shooting skills and trying to gain a marksmanship badge! Continue reading

Sporting Success at Brize

On Sunday, 19th May a coach full of excited cadets and staff headed from RAF Brize Norton across to Tisley Park, Abingdon to take part in the annual Thames Valley Wing athletics competition. With 27 cadets and 4 staff accompanying them Brize Norton squadron was aiming for a successful day in this popular event attended by all squadrons within the Wing.

With a long day ahead covering both field and track events the cadets maintained high spirits as they supported each other throughout the day. Continue reading

Cadets Excel at Exercise Tri-Hard

The weekend of the 28th-30th of June saw Air Cadets from across the Oxfordshire area come together to take part in Exercise Tri-Hard, the Oxfordshire Cadet Challenge. Working with cadets from the Sea, Army and Combined Cadet Force, they took part in a range of exciting and challenging activities.  The aim of the weekend was to work together in teams to win the Challenge.

Throughout the weekend the cadets took part in water-based activities like kayaking and power boating with the Sea Cadet Corps, the Army Cadet Force provided first aid scenarios to test the cadets and the Air Training Corps challenged the groups to find a downed pilot by completing a number of different leadership exercises. Continue reading

Brize Cadets in Clear Sight

As part of the long term sponsorship between AirTanker Services and 2267 (Brize Norton) Air Cadet Squadron the company provided every cadet with new, high visibility jackets to help keep the cadets safe and seen. With many of the cadets walking between their home and the squadron each night it helps to ensure safety as the number one priority for all the cadets which matches the safety ethos of AirTanker.

The high visibility jackets are also used by the cadets when out on their Duke of Edinburgh expeditions to be clearly seen on the country lanes or out supporting charity events such as the Carterton 10k. As from the photo it won’t be hard now to miss the Air Cadets out and about proudly showing the partnership between AirTanker Services and the Brize Norton Air Cadets.

Air Cadets Train on Their Own Flight Simulation Facility

On Tuesday, 11th June, 2267 (Brize Norton) Air Cadet’s played host to RAF Brize Norton Station Commander, Gp Cpt S Lushington ADC MA RAF who as part of his visit opened the newly installed flight simulator. The simulator has been a long project for the unit in terms of fundraising and receiving grants to allow the cadets the opportunity to develop their airmanship skills and support the Air Experience Flying offered on the Grob Tutor and Vigilant gliders.

FS Naworynsky, Sgt Buchanan and Cpl Woolliams who are all senior cadets at the squadron that have achieved a number of gliding qualifications with 2 currently instructors at 612 VGS at Abingdon explained how the simulator will support the cadets understanding of flying. Continue reading