Runcorn Cadets with their heads in the clouds

Runcorn Cadets with their heads in the clouds

On Monday four of our Cadets were lucky enough to travel to RAF Woodvale for Air Experience Flights over the Southport and Blackpool area.

Each Cadet had a 20 minute sortie in the Grob Tutor with some of them experiencing Aerobatics for the first time.

At the end of the day all 4 Cadets were awarded their Blue Wings

Blue Wings

Air Cadet Blue Flying wings

The Blue ATP builds on Air Cadet Aviation and Familiarisation Course (FAM) and introduces
further aeronautical concepts including:
• The primary and further effects of controls.
• Lift vectors.
• Airfield procedures and discipline. 

Training is in 3 parts:
• Ground school element.
• Part Task Trainer (PTT) element.
• Airborne sortie(s) to consolidate what you have learnt

Grob 115 Tutor

The Tutor is ideally simple to fly, yet also sufficiently demanding to be a fine elementary trainer.  Its side-by-side seating arrangement maximises instructor/student interaction in the air, while its large cockpit canopy provides an excellent outside view for circuit flying. 

  • Powerplant: one 180hp Textron Lycoming  AE-360-B piston engine
  • Length: 24ft 9in (7.54m)
  • Height overall: 9ft 3in (2.82m)
  • Wingspan: 32ft 9¾in (10m)
  • Wing area: 131.40sqft (12.21m2)
  • Maximum take-off weight: 2,182lb (990kg)
  • Never exceed speed: 185kt (343km/h)
  • Maximum rate of climb at sea level: 909ft/min (277m/min)
  • Range at 75% power with 45-minute reserves at 4,000ft: 446nm (826km)
  • Maximum altitude: 10,000ft
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