Royal Air Force Air Cadets from 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron had a brilliant day out when they visited Coventry Airport.
The cadet’s tour of the airport included visits to the West Atlantic maintenance facility, Aeros pilot training school, the midland Air Museum, Air Traffic Control, the Fire Section and the Air Ambulance.
The day started off with a visit to West Atlantic airlines maintenance facility during which the cadets saw how the aircraft are serviced and had the opportunity to get in the cockpit and sit at the controls of two of the aircraft.
Next came a chance to experience the thrill of flying an aircraft themselves when they took to the controls of the Aeros pilot training school Diamond DA42 flight simulator. Each cadet had the a flight in what can only be described as the nearest thing to real flight and most of the cadets actually managed landings that you could have walked away from.
Then it was off the Midland Air Museum for a guided tour of the vast array of historic aircraft that the museum has managed to preserve. The cadets even managed to get into the cockpit of many of the aircraft including the Vulcan, Victor, Argosy and the Russian Mi-24 "Hind-D"
Having been back in time to visit some of the world’s most iconic historic aircraft, the cadets then went on to see how a modern airports Air Traffic Control section ensures the safety of the aircraft both on the ground and within the airspace covered by Coventry airport.
Now as many of you who have ever visited an airports control tower will know, the building next door to the tower houses the Fire Section and yes, you can’t complete any airside visit without getting the opportunity to get a bit damp around the edges and pumping some water out of a massive Fire engine. So as the sun set of the cadets and their visit to Coventry Airport the Fire fighters gave the cadets a tour of the Fire engines and yes the opportunity to use up whatever energy they had left by having a go at pumping some water.
But that wasn’t the end of the cadets visit to Coventry Airport, no, determined to make the most of the day there was the opportunity to squeeze in a visit to the Warwickshire Air Ambulance, everyone’s favourite yellow helicopter. What a brilliant way to finish a fantastic day.
Officer Commanding 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron Flt Lt Paul Hincks said, “On behalf of 121 Squadron and all the cadets who had a truly brilliant day, I would take this opportunity to thank everyone we met from all of the above organisations who so kindly gave up their time to show us around during this most informative and rewarding visit”.
He added, “Special commendation should also go out to Air Cadet Bohdan Mandziuk who single-handedly organised the entire trip to Coventry Airport”.
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