Air Cadets selected for Qualified Aerospace Instructors Course


Three RAF Air Cadets from Plymouth and Cornwall Wing have been successful following a selection weekend for the prestigious Qualified Aerospace Instructors Course (QAIC) at MOD Boscombe Down, where 31 cadets from across south of England and Wales competed for a final 20 places for the course.


After multiple assessments on the Saturday Sergeant Jake Southern of 197 (Devonport) Squadron, Flight Sergeant Chris Yarde Dent of 77 (Redruth) Squadron and Flight Sergeant George Willment from 1225 (St Austell & District) Squadron were given the good news that they had been selected to take part. This is the first time Plymouth and Cornwall Wing has been represented on the course.

This demanding course consists of eight modules:

      -Leadership and Teamwork

      -Air Power

      -Air Traffic Control


      -Pilot Studies

      -Instructional Techniques

      -Practical Flight and Navigation

      -Radio Communications

 Successful students will graduate at Easter when the best student of the course is presented with The Honourable Company of Air Pilots Sword. After successful completion of the course QAI’s are identifiable by their light blue lanyard and they can use the Royal Aeronautical Society recognised title of ‘Air Cadet Leader’. In addition the cadets have the opportunity to gain a Level 2 award from the Institute of Leadership and Management.

Plymouth and Cornwall Wing are very fortunate to have a Regional Activity Centre (RAC) at RAF St Mawgan, with great synthetic flight training equipment overseen by the Wing Aerospace Officer, Flt Lt Alan Quartly. Once the cadets gain their Qualified Aerospace Instructors (QAIs) status they will be able to help run this facility.

Cadet FS George Willment explained his motivation for applying for the course: “I have been lucky enough to use all three flight simulators up at the RAC and can say they are truly fantastic bits of kit, and such a shame that they aren’t used for instruction as often as they could be, however with cadets graduating QAIC now and in the future this will change.”

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