621VGS News

News from September 2009

Posted on: September 28th, 2009 by admin

FSC Will Adams takes the top spot in B&G Wings Sports with FSC Tristan Woolcock taking joint third.

Both took part in Rugby at both Region and Corps level as well as Athletics at Region level.

Will Adams also took part in Swimming at Wing Level which pushed his points a little higher.

Posted on: September 14th, 2009 by admin

621 VGS exists in order to fly cadets on both Gliding Induction and Gliding Scholarship courses. Therefore it is important for the squadron to assist, where possible, the local cadet squadrons raise awareness of the Air Cadet organisation in the communities they serve.

Viking displayed on Salthouse Fields in Clevedon

On 13th September 621 VGS assisted 1446 Clevedon Squadron by taking an aircraft to an event on Clevedon seafront. The Marlens festival is an annual event to raise money for equipment for the community to use on Marine Lake, a tidal pool on the seafront.

1446 Squadron attended the event with the Regional Marquee and a display showing the activities the cadets undertake at or through the squadron. The Viking from 621 VGS helped attract a large number of people to the stand, raising the awareness of the Air Cadets amongst people local to Clevedon as well as visitors from Cornwall to Scotland.

Displaying Aircraft at Clevedon

As Hullavington airfield was being used for another event, 621 VGS was unable operate for the weekend, and so was also able to provide a number of staff to assist. FSCs Rebecca Kwo and Harry Saunders spent the day helping people in and out of the aircraft and explaining the controls and instruments with CGIs Nev Cullingford, John Williams and Flying Officers Chris Williams and Phil Woods.

Posted on: September 7th, 2009 by admin

CFS visited 621 over the weekend 5th and 6th September to examine 621 and awarded Excellant overall.

Central Flying School visit each squadron once a year to ensure that the Squadron is operating to standard. The CFS instructors check nearly all aspects of the flying operation, from personal log books and log sheets to supervision on the airfield as well as individual flying standards and instructional technique.

Last year 621 VGS was awarded an “Excellent” in Flying Instruction, the first for a Viking VGS. 621 have been rewarded for the year round efforts put in by the staff by being awarded an “Excellent” in flying instruction for the second year running. Again this year the CFI, Flt Lt Brian House, worked hard to ensure that everyone completed the daily paperwork correctly throughout the year, and again was rewarded with an “Excellent” in this area.

The CFS report details a few areas that the squadron needs to improve on and no doubt these will be looked at and corrected in time for the visit next year to ensure that the squadron achieves another “Excellent” overall.

Posted on: September 1st, 2009 by admin

621VGS ran an AGT2/SCT U/T course between the 2009 Summer Scholarship courses.

With the Detachment to Portmoak cancelled at short notice this year, permission to operate an AGT2 course at Hullavington as an alternative was granted by HQAC.

After a successful first Summer Gliding Scholarship (GS)Course the hanger remained open for AGT and UT staff further their progress. Sadly the weather only allowed two of the junior staff to acheive 30min solos with poor soaring conditions throughout the week.

With more time being available than a normal weekend or GS course, the staff rattled through the Pre G2/G1 ground school tasks and each student gave a short lecture on a specified topic area during the morning briefing.

With FSC Ellie Nicholls being awarded her G1 at the end of the first course, cadets from the Summer Camp at RAF Lyneham were arranged for Gliding Induction Courses being flown by Ellie and by the course winch driver CGI Vicky Smith.

At the end of an enjoyable week everyone had achieved a great deal.

With no break 621VGS started the second Summer GS course. The course was hampered by the weather and to an extent by sharing the airfield with 625VGS, usually avoided during week courses. With 625s winch unserviceable for a day a joint operation saw eight aircraft flying 167 launches. Despite this the second summer course still managed to achieve success bringing to an end a busy summer for 621VGS.