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Air Cadets take-off at the Flying Show

Cadets and staff from the 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron were on hand to tell everyone how to take-off as a member of the Air Cadet Organisation during the UK's largest indoor lightweight aviation exhibition.

Members of the Warwickshire & Birmingham Air Cadet team who manned the Wings stand at the Flying Show. (L to R) Cdt Connor McGrath Cdt FS Michael Hadley Cdt Cpl Taras Andrusin and Cdt Abbas Mughal

The Flying Show, which is organised by the British Microlight Aircraft Association (BMAA), is an annual event held at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham, which attracts both experienced pilots and those new to the world of flying.

Thanks to the generous invitation by the organisers, and the success of the wings efforts at last year's show, members of Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing were once again given their own stand at the show.

Flight Lieutenant Phil Parsons and Cdt FS Michael Hadley go through the flying opportunities available to young people within the Air Cadet Organisation.

Air Cadets (L to R) FS Michael Hadley Cpl Taras Andrusin Abbas Mughal and Connor McGrath give a scale replica of a Spitfire the once over.

The air cadet team, headed by Flight Lieutenant Phil Parsons of 491 (City of Birmingham) Squadron, supported by Flight Lieutenant Neil Watson, OC 1459 (Heart of England) Squadron and Flight Lieutenant Paul Hincks OC 121(Nuneaton), Squadron had an extremely busy two days at the NEC, with a constant flow of enquiries from people of all ages. Many of the visitors were interested to know just what the Air Cadet Organisation was all about and in many cases, how they could get involved.

As the show drew to a close, Flight Lieutenant Parsons said: “Once again it's been an excellent event, we've seen interest from many prospective recruits. I think the Flying Show is something we as the air cadets should be involved with and I hope we will get the opportunity to make this an annual event in the Wing's diary.”

Flight Lieutenant Paul Hincks, Media & Communications Officer for Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing added: “I think that the majority of the enquiries I faced at the show were from prospective adult staff, many of whom had a wealth of flying experience and a genuine passion for encouraging young people to take up an interest in aviation.”

Cpl Taras Andrusin – a tense moment in the flight simulator as he comes into land. Cpl Andrusin's circuit was judged to have been the best one flown over the two days of the show.

The Flying Show, the UK's largest indoor lightweight aviation exhibition

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