Adam Watson, 17, was chosen as one of 186 cadets across the UK to complete the Air Cadet Pilot Scheme. This scheme includes 12 hours of free flying training over 2 weeks at Tayside Aviation in Dundee. Students on the course spend one week learning the basics of flying the 2-seater Aquila 211, and then in week 2 are given increasingly more control over the aircraft, culminating in the opportunity to undertake a solo flight.
Adam said, “It was one of the best experiences of my life as flying is my passion and I was given the opportunity to meet other Cadets from across the UK. There was a total of 6 Cadets on my course, four were in the Air Training Corps while the other two were from Combined Cadet Force. At the very end of the course I climbed into the Aquila for what was my last dual flight for a solo check. Everything went perfectly and I was the only member of my course to fly solo! It was the best feeling in the world! I would recommend any cadet seriously interested in becoming a pilot to put their name forward for this opportunity.”
Flight Lieutenant Mathew Burton, Squadron Commander of 1507 Squadron, said, “I am extremely proud of what Sgt Watson has achieved. The Air Training Corps offers this opportunity to suitable cadets on a yearly basis and with the aim of becoming a pilot when he is older he has taken full advantage of what the Air Cadets has to offer.
1507 Squadron are continually recruiting new cadets aged between 12 and 17 so please contact us on 0191 3890949 for more information”
Tel: 0191 389 0949 Website: http://WWW.1507/org.uk
Adam will now be entitled to wear the coveted Cadet Pilot Wings on his Air Cadet uniform.