Air Cadet staff and Scout leaders in Nuneaton have joined forces to help a group of local scouts to take to the skies.
Thanks to Flt Lt Paul Hincks of 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron Air Training Corps 30 young scouts from King Troop of the 1 st Nuneaton group are now the proud owners of the Scouting Associations ‘Basic Aviation Skills' activity badge.
The Aviation Skills training course which was undertaken by the Scouts included a wide variety of elements from the Air Cadet training syllabus such as Airfield Layouts, Rules of the Air, Principals of Flight and Aircraft Knowledge. Each training session included a theory lesson followed by an aviation related activity, but it was the final element of the course which had the youngsters looking skywards.
The last part of the course was a trip out to a small airstrip in the village of Wolvey where the Scouts were shown around various types of micro-light aircraft. What a fantastic way to reinforce all the training that Paul had given the Scouts. But it didn't end at simply having a look, now for the big surprise; it was time to get airborne. All the Scouts and leaders were treated to a flight in one or other of the rigid or flexible wing micro-light aircraft.
Flt Lt Paul Hincks said, “It's been really good fun working with the Scouts on this project and I hope we've managed to foster an increased interest in aviation amongst a wider group of young people. It's most definitely worked with some of them who are now members of both organisations. The trip out to the airstrip was to be the highlight of the course; we never expected to get them in the air. That was most definitely the best way to end any Aviation Skills activity.”