The Wing Aerospace Support Platform (WASP) has started a series of test deployments with a it’s first display at the Tadley Treacle Fair in North Hampshire.
Despite the gloomy weather the platform was a real hit with the public who were keen to fly the realistic simulator. Whilst potential cadet recruits flew a Tutor mission, staff were on hand to brief parents on the benefits of becoming an Air Cadet. Over the next week, the WASP will travel from Tadley to Shinfield and then onto Woodley for a series of events that will test the platform and the user documentation package. Later in the month a weekend of training will be on offer followed by the official launch celebrations in early July.
Wing Staff Officer, Squadron Leader Mark Trevena takes up the story “it’s almost been a year since we started the WASP project and it is fantastic to be able to see how close we are to being able to release the platform for Squadron use. Overall, it was a dream to use – easy to tow, quick to set up and with a well thought out design”.
WASP is available to all Thames Valley Air Cadet units for use for public engagement events or as a mobile classroom on Squadron parade nights. In addition to a popular high end flight simulator, the platform also has a built in projector, DVD, scrolling LED display and whiteboard and has all the kit needed supplied including a flag pole and two 3 metre banners to really make a colourful display. For more information about WASP please emal firstname.lastname@example.org.