All posts by Mark Gray

Radio and Cyber Success

During the recent lock down period, Thames Valley Wing of the RAF Air Cadets moved to using online platforms to continue activities for our cadets. 217 of our air cadets have completed radio communications and cyber security training courses during this time and we even trained 10 adult volunteers as instructors.

The radio communications and cyber security training is highly beneficial to the cadets, as it improves their knowledge of cyber security, social media safety and how to protect themselves and their devices from malware and viruses. Continue reading

Aldermaston Virtual Parade Nights

With face to face activities suspended 2403 (Aldermaston) Squadron are turning to virtual parade nights and encouraging the building or aircraft models as a means to learn about aircraft and their history and in some case what the future could hold…

Brize Norton Carry On Training

Although face to face activities are suspended, 2267 (Brize Norton) Squadron are continuing to train cadets in map reading during their virtual parade nights so they are ready for when activities resume and continue their Duke of Edinburgh Award expeditions and other adventure training activities.

Witney – ‘Through difficulties to honours’

At the start of the year, the Squadron had a full and busy calendar of activities to look forward to through 2020. Unfortunately, the impact of COVID-19 has prevented us from doing these activities though everyone on Squadron knows that this is the correct thing to do to protect each other and the NHS.

However, our Squadron crest bears the motto ‘Ad Augusta per angusta’, which translates from Latin to English as ‘Through difficulties to honours’ and so we remember this as we change the method of training delivery with the staff facing the difficulties in order to ensure the Cadets can be honoured with continued training.

Exam Season at Banbury

Its exam season at 1460 (Banbury) Squadron and Congratulations to Cadet Sergeant Bolduc who has gained his Senior cadet classification, to Cadet Newman who passed his airmanship 2 exam and to Cadet Corporals Wilson and Antony who passed their piston engine propulsion exams. Well done!

Bicester Virtual Parade Night

On Thursday 24th of April 2507 (Bicester) Squadron ran virtual parade night. We talked about the RAF’s involvement in Disaster Relief, what aid/relief is needed following a natural disaster and the cadets were then tasked with making a lander for an egg. It was amazing to see so many cadets take part in our drop challenge. We saw Egg Sheeran, Billie Egglish, Meggan Shelly, Ed the egg and Bobby all survive, and that’s just to name a few. Great to see everyone getting creative and having fun. Could you survive the egg drop?