Delivery of RAF Air Cadet’s national gliding – which involves the world’s largest fleet of gliders – today switches to the command of the newly reformed No.2 Flying Training School (No. 2 FTS). The school becomes a new centre of excellence in which young people can win their wings – often before they pass their driving test.
With its headquarters at RAF Syerston in Nottinghamshire, No. 2 FTS will oversee the gliding training programme for up to 45,000 air cadets aged 13-19. With 25 volunteer gliding squadrons around the UK, it provides training for the Air Training Corps’ 1,000 squadrons and 203 Combined Cadet Force (RAF) Sections in schools.
615 has continued a strong operational performance throughout the summer, taking advantage of the (mostly!) good weather and longer days. Already this year, 615 has provided over 500 Gliding Induction Courses to cadets from across London and the South East of England, and delivered over 50 Gliding Scholarship courses to trainees from all over the country. We hope to continue this strong performance in towards the less predictable Autumn and Winter months, and look forward to seeing your unit or squadron down at RAF Kenley soon!